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Reliquary Figure

Object Number:AF1880B
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Gabon
Iconography:Male Head
Height: 35 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff, 1912
Other Number:1541 - Other Number
020 - Cast Number


Reliquary head. Wooden sculptured head. used to guard ancestral spirits of skulls kept in cylindrical wooden boxes in shrines. (AF1880B Probably authentic Fang head, acc. to P. Ben-Amos 1982 while AF1880A is an imitation)


[Article] Plass, Margaret B. Dec 1957. "African Negro Sculpture: A Walk Through the Gallery". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 21. no. 4. pg. 5-76 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 57View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Plass, Margaret B. 1956. African Tribal Sculpture.. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 44View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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