Fang Reliquary Guardian Figure and Other African Tribal Artifacts Come to Auction at BonhamsApr 27, 2022 10:00 EDT
African carved figurines often symbolize religious philosophies about life and the afterlife. Indigenous people from Equatorial Guinea believe spiritual connection is possible between living beings and the dead. According to ancient beliefs, this connection is visible physically through reliquaries, or containers for holding the relics of the prominent members of different tribes. These guardian figurines are available in various forms. This upcoming Bonhams auction presents a Fang reliquary guardian figure. Those following the Byéri tradition use these ritual figurines to honor their ancestors and receive blessings. The available wooden reliquary statue has a black patina and carved details like a headdress.
Another highlight is a wooden Hemba male figure from the Mambwe region. It represents the clan’s male ancestors and is notable for its calm facial attributes and physical forms. The detailed carving on these figures, like their hairstyle, is symbolic of the military or political roles performed by Hemba clan men. Bidders may also consider a Marka or Bamana wooden mask with a deep brown glossy patina and metal tacks. Mali’s Marka and Bamana communities are neighbors and share artistic styles visible through their tribal masks. The male members use these masks during auspicious ceremonies like weddings or harvests. The available Marka mask features signature characteristics like an elongated nose, tiny mouth, and metal tacks all over the face. For other lots of interest and more information, register to bid online on Bonhams.
Lot Categories:American Indian & Ethnographic (141)
# of Lots:141
Price Range:$1,000 - $180,000
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|Fang Reliquary guardian figure, Okak group, Rio Muni region, Equatorial Guinea.|| Estimate: |
|Hemba male figure, Mambwe Region, Democratic Republic of the Congo|| Estimate: |
|Maori Gable mask ornament, Rotarua, New Zealand.|| Estimate: |
|Marka or Bamana mask, Mali.|| Estimate: |
|Salampasu mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo.|| Estimate: |
|Mangbetu knife, Democratic Republic of Congo.|| Estimate: |