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Eyema Byeri Fang Reliquary Guardian Statue (N° 18703)

This Fang statue, intended to be marked in a basket-reliquaire by the posterior stalk, has a long-form body, truncated arms, stylized, whose hands are barely put on, and lower limbs stocked and rounded like those of a newborn. The elegant head, remarkably clean, is intertwined in the mass of a long neck. From the tubular bust spouts the umbilical growth, taking advantage over discrete sexual organs. Smooth, glossy black patina.
Every family has a Byeri, or reliquary box, in which the bones of ancestors are preserved. These boxes were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the esa. The reliquary boxes were surmounted by a statue or a head that acted as the guardian of the 'byeri' boxes. These were kept in a dark corner of the box, and were intended to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to society. So, so. During the holidays, the statues were separated from their boxes and paraded. The peoples known as Fang, or Pahouins, described as conquering warriors, invaded by successive leaps, from villages to villages, the entire region between the Sanaga in Cameroon and the Ogooué in Gabon, between the 18th and the beginning of the twentieth century. At the bottom of their boxes, in a dark and often smoky nook, the heads of lineages preciously stored their Byéri, the relic chests and the sculptures that undersaw them. The daily life of the Fang had three priorities: perpetuating social identity, living in a hostile natural environment, and dialogue with the deceased to keep them away from the living. (Louis Perrois)
 

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Originex-collection Mercier
EthnyFang
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood
Height67
Width15
Weight2.40 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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