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Gothamgallery Fine African Art - Drc Kota Mahongwe Reliquary Sculpture For Sale
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Outstanding African DRC Gabon Kota Mahongwe Reliquary Figure
Height: 51 Centimeters
Measurement Sculpture Only
Wood, Metal, Brass, Bronze, Iron
Early 20th Century
Highly stylized representation of human form beautiful metal work aged surface
US East Coast - Estimated $18.00
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Custom Detachable Base Included With This Piece
Documentation of Authenticity / Any Available Provenance Will Be Included With This Piece
CONDITION Wood deterioration, corrosion to metal, worn areas, age cracks, overall condition good. Thank you and please view my other items.
BACKGROUND Living on the Eastern side of Gabon, on the frontier with the Republic of Congo, the Kota People comprise a number of small tribes such as the Mahongwe, the Sango, the Obamba and the Shamaye, who all pratise similar ceremonies. It is thought they migrated southwards during the 18th century and settled in the upper valley of the Ogooue River, in a forest environment. Their main resources come mostly from hunting and agriculture. Historically, the Kota left their dead unburied in the forest, far from the village. Under the influence of neighboring tribes, they then began to bury their dead. Chiefs were always buried, but often their bones, especially their skull were later exhumed and placed with magical objects in a bark box or a basket called a Bwete, in which a carved figure was inserted.
A custom base is included with this piece. It is important to properly exhibit a beautiful piece of art. The splendor of the piece
cannot be fully revealed without a correct display. Custom bases can cost a minimum of thirty and up to several hundred dollars
depending on its complexity and size. It is very difficult to locate a good stand maker regardless of price, but fortunately this
piece will be appropriately displayed and ready for you and your guests’ enjoyment.
Painter Fred Uhlman words - Most of the artists I admired, Picasso, Modigliani, Deraini, to mention only a few, had collected African art and had been profoundly
influenced by it. Shortly afterwards I bought the Baule Fetish and the Baule bobbin which are still two of the finest pieces in my collection. It is easy to see
why I bought them and why from that moment I have never stopped collecting. The head of the bobbin or heddle - pulley which is after all only a functional
object for the purpose of weaving seemed to me then and today as beautiful as a Greek goddess. The fetish moved me as deeply as the bobbin by its silent
tragic dignity and its air of profound meditation.
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