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    Sale 2257

    African and Oceanic Art: The Robert and Jean Shoenberg Collection

    14 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 39

    A KOTA RELIQUARY FIGURE

    GABON

    Price Realised  

    A KOTA RELIQUARY FIGURE
    Gabon
    The concave oval face with applied panels of brass, the quadrants with incised horizontal and diagonal lines, applied trinagular nose and crescent eyes, ridge in relief to forehead with incised chevrons, the wide side panels and crescent crest each with hatched borders, the former with flared pendant panels with incised chevrons. The pierced lozenge body with incised brass panels to the upper part, brass ring about neck, the reverse with long slender lozenge in relief, dark patina, accession number 21469.
    24½ in. (62.2 cm.) high


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    See Chaffin, A. and F., L'Art Kota, n.d., p.172, no.78, for a similar Kota figure in the Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin, collected before 1904.

    Provenance

    Julius Carlebach, New York, 1955


    Literature

    Robbins, W.M. and Nooter, N.I., African Art in American Collections, Washington D.C., p.338, no.880