Reliquary head

Gabon; Fang-Betsi, c. 1700-1850

Wood, Iron

H. 23cm; W. 13cm; D. 16cm

African art made a deep impression on the European Avant-Garde in the early 20th century. It was promoted by prominent Parisian dealers including Charles Ratton who owned this head, and Joseph Brummer, who owned another example in the Collection. Both were close friends of the artist Amadeo Modigliani, whose work is visibly indebted to sculptures such as these.

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