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Ambete Reliquary Brass Covered Memorial Gabon African Art

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Title Ambete Reliquary Brass Covered Memorial Gabon African Art
Type of Object Carving , Statue
Country of Origin Gabon
People Ambete
Materials Wood, pigment, unknown metal
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Height (in) 23
Width (in) 6.5
Dimensions Height: 23 Inches
Width: 6.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair. 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.
Damage/Repair Cracks and chips in places, wood flaws, metal peeling, broken feet

Additional Information: This is a large and stunning figure that carries a great deal of visual presence. The strong body has small parallel arms as well as slightly modeled legs and feet and no sex is shown. The striations of the hair and the prominent medial crest are typical of the Ambete figures. This is a standing memorial or ancestral figure in a classic style of Ambete. The figure is wrapped with a metal, possibly brass. A small cavity in the backside is filled with metal objects. Figures of this age are becoming rare. This figure will be a good addition to any collection of African Art. The Ambete live along the border between present day Gabon and the south eastern region of the Republic of Congo. It is an area that in the past saw great population movements and extended trade between different people resulting in shared ritual and sculptural traditions. Like their Kota speaking neighbors the Ambete make use of reliquary figures to honor and commemorate important lineage members. Most Ambete reliquary figures have a small opening at the back of the figure that would be covered by a small door to hold the bones of an ancestor. The small opening in the back of this figure has grass cloth and a metal spike in place and it was reported that a ‘note’ was found in it.