Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Reliquary guardian figure (bwiti)
Late 19th – early 20th century
Mahongwe people, Gabon
Wood, copper-alloy sheet, wire, iron
H: 58; W: 25; D: 9 cm
Gift of Lawrence Gussman, Scarsdale, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum, in memory of Dr. Albert Schweitzer
Accession number: B98.0053
 
 

Publications:
Newton, Douglas, African and Oceanic Art in Jerusalem, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2001, English
Beauty and Sanctity: the Israel Museum at 40. A Series of Exhibitions Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2006

Exhibition:
Highlights of the Collection: African and Oceanic Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Beauty of Sanctity: Masterworks from Every Age, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Spring-Summer 2005

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir