University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Guardian Figure from French Gabon [Object of the Day #35]

By: Amy Ellsworth

Guardian Figures from French Gabon
Guardian Figure from French Gabon

This figure from Gabon is made of wood covered with metal sheets represents a human face and would serve as a reliquary guardian figure.

Read more about the depiction of European people in Yoruba sculpture in Expedition magazine article The Pink People by David Crownover.

Penn Museum Object #29-12-236.

View this object and more like it on Penn Museum’s Online Collections Database.


  • gibraltar

    hahah the mask of the prince!

  • Job Applications

    Any one know how old the mask is?

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