We recently had the opportunity to stay a few nights at the amazing Pongara Ecolodge (www.pongara-lodge.com) on Le Pointe, an island 30 minutes from Libreville, the capital city of Gabon. We were drawn to these masks, which have been cleverly transformed into stylish lamps that can withstand the elements on this outdoor terrace.
While in Libreville, we were thrilled to be invited to visit a private collection of traditional African art. This sculpture of a female head we found to be entrancing. She merges from Mbigou stone, which is a type of soapstone mined in a town by the same name a few hundred kilometers from Libreville. It’s malleability initially made it well known in certain circles of sculptors. It has a gray tone with hints of green and garnet that give an ethereal glow to the polished surface. Some say that this stone is used to peddle the spirits of the Ancients.