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Ambete Standing Miniature Figure African Art

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Title Ambete Standing Miniature Figure African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Gabon
People Ambete (Mbete)
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 8 Inches
Width: 2 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Very little is known about the Ambete. They are from an area between Gabon and the Congo river. They share an identity with the Kota people, and perhaps have picked up the reliquary cult from them. Their figures are similar to the Punu, Vuvi and especially Mitsogo. Ambete figures are used to hold the relics of clan elders who were members of men's cults devoted to hunting. The figures share in a striking manner the use of white paint to outline and emphasize the sculpted features.