RARE OSSEYBA OR RELIQUARY FIGURE BRASS KOTA / MAHONGWE GABON CENTRAL AFRICASuperb and rare African highly distinctive narrow metal strip-covered wooden sculptures were known to the Mahongwe as 'osseyba', and the Europeans called them "naja" because they resembled the head of an erect cobra. The baskets were placed in village temples and generally consisted of two figures, one larger than the other. The larger represented the founder of the lineage and the smaller a descendant. This highly characteristic example measures 7.75 inches in width by 5.5 inch in depth by 21 inches in height 3.3 lbs in weight
including the specially designed, hand-made, wood museum display stand. It is in good condition minor wire loose on the head and center body , including rubbing and general wear from use. It dates probably to the mid-20th century. A superb example of a very distinctive style of African sculptural art, it would make a fine collector’s piece .