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    Sale 2257

    African and Oceanic Art: The Robert and Jean Shoenberg Collection

    14 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 38

    A FINE KOTA RELIQUARY FIGURE

    GABON

    Price Realised  

    A FINE KOTA RELIQUARY FIGURE
    Gabon
    The concave oval face below a convex forehead, a band of copper across the eyes with inset cowry shells, two iron tears below each eye, the lower face covered in brass with pierced crescent mouth surmounted by inset copper pins, a band of brass with rounded bosses across the brass-covered forehead, the rounded side panels each with brass-covered cylindrical pendant below, the broad crest above with cross-hatched incised triangle at the center, pierced lozenge body below with applied panels of incised brass, the eroded back with long slender lozenge in relief at the center.
    23½ in. (59.7 cm.) high


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    See Chaffin, A. and F., L'Art Kota, n.d., pp.216-224, nos.115-125, for similar Kota reliquary figures belonging to the author's group 17. The group is characterized by the convex and concave face, the unornamented domed forehead and a band of metal across the eyes and a tranquil expression. The group is said to be very old with exceptional quality of craftsmanship and materials. Perrois (Arts du Gabon, Arnouville, 1978, colour plate facing fig.191) illustrates an extremely close example in the Itzikovitz collection with the same pins about the mouth and the iron "tears" which he attributes to the southern Kota.

    Provenance

    Julius Carlebach, New York, 1955