MAHONGWE RELIQUARY GUARDIANS ARCHIVES, Gabon

In spite of their very nice patina, we have no reason to believe that these pieces have seen tribal use.

These Mahongwe Guardians have been sold. They are left here for reference and educational purposes.

For unsold Mahongwe Guardians, GO TO MAHONGWE GUARDIANS PAGE


Mahongwe
32
19" high
SOLD


  Mahongwe
22
SOLD

Mahongwe
27
SOLD

Mahongwe
33
SOLD

Mahongwe
40
SOLD


  Mahongwe
25
SOLD

Mahongwe
30
SOLD

 Mahongwe
26
SOLD

Mahongwe
38
SOLD



 

Mahongwe 2
SOLD

 

Mahongwe 4
SOLD

 

Mahongwe 7
SOLD

 

Mahongwe 8
SOLD


Mahongwe 9
SOLD

 

Mahongwe 17
SOLD

 

Mahongwe18
SOLD


Mahongwe 10
SOLD

Mahongwe 14
SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

MAHONGWE, RELIQUARY FIGURES ARCHIVES, Gabon

Figures like these were mounted on containers holding relics of important clan ancestors, serving as guardians. The Mahongwe are a subgroup of the Bakota, who, like the nearby Fang, also make reliquary guardians. Sheathed in metal (brass or copper wire), the figures are highly abstracted. They are dedicated to Bwitti, the spirit of the ancestors.

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