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.

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

Exhibited:
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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