Kota Reliquary Guardian Figure, Gabon
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Description of Significance:
Early Kota Reliquary Figures were created to guard the bones of family ancestors. They were thought to hold great protective power so they were houses in private homes. Kota figures come in various shapes and forms. All, however, evoke geometric stylized designs. This figure is a remarkable representation of the older reliquaries and was made by an artist who's ancestors would have created the original protective pieces.
Country of Origin:
- Hand crafted in Gabon
D:4" W:8" H:18"
- Depth x Width x Height
- Metal copper alloy encasing indigenous wood
- Installed wire for easy wall hanging
About Decorative African Art:
Hemingway Gallery only purchases pieces from artists or owners that we approve of historically and aesthetically. These might include artworks that have been newly created and are currently being used in ceremonies. We place high value in these pieces, despite their lack of age and antiquity, regarding them as real even though they are not old. Some are created for use by the people and not made for the tourist trade. Ours are by talented artisans creating fine art that reference historic styles. Newly produced African art is gorgeous and we value these pieces. This includes contemporary aesthetics from the continent that may not necessarily look traditionally ‘African’. Our goal is to represent design in Africa that goes beyond the idea of ‘tribal’ as the styles of emerging artists are ever evolving.
Our pricing correlates directly to the asking prices of artists, artisans and art dealers in the various African countries we collect from and the costs of importing their artwork to the U.S. We need to change the idea that artists should be paid pennies for their fine art just because it comes from Africa. Paying a fair price to our artists and dealers is our number one priority and our pricing reflects that.
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