Kota Reliquary Figure, Gabon
Lot 325
Kota Reliquary Figure, Gabon
Sold for US$ 18,750 inc. premium
Auction Details
A Kota figure
Lot Details
Kota Reliquary Figure, Gabon
height 26 3/4in (68cm)
of characteristic lozenge shape with broad flanges and crescent crown; fine aged patina and covered with brass and copper.

Julius Carlebach, New York acquired in 1954
Gertrud A. Mellon, New York
Private American Collection

New York, Museum of Primitive art, Two private Collections: Gertrud A. Mellon and Rene Harnoncourt, November 29 1961-Feb 11, 1962 number 9

In her tribute to Robert Goldwater, Director of the Museum of Primitive Art, Mellon said "Born of my interest in German Expressionism, I was drawn to these objects (of "Primitive" cultures) by their exotic beauty and evocative stylistic relationship to modern art, especially German Expressionism and Cubism...[Goldwater] taught us to see their luminous beauty - so different from that of our Western tradition - as cult objects of deep spirituality or as artifacts of daily use" (Robert Goldwater: a Memorial Exhibition, October 1973-February 1974, The Museum of Primitive Art, New York).
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