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Fang Byeri reliquary figure (N° 20814)
Coll. tribal art French.
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The African art of the Byeri cult is illustrated by various anthropomorphic sculptures acting as "guardians" and incarnating the ancestor.
Atypical by its reduced size and narrow morphology, this statuette displays a succession of muscles like strings of marbles. The pelvis gives the illusion of a comfortable circular seat, contrasting with tiny digitized feet and hands. The horizontal features of the stretched face are concentrated in the lower half, highlighting a large forehead on which a scarification is drawn. Balancing the silhouette, a large hairstyle spreads over the nape of the neck.
Beautiful dark brown, silky patina.
Certificate of Mister Pierre Vérité, dating from 1985, attached. (photo opposite)
Among the Fang, the boxes containing the relics of illustrious ancestors were kept by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". Surmounted by a statue or a head that acted as a guardian of the "byeri" boxes, they were stored in a dark corner of the hut, supposed to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to the "So" society. During festivals, the statues were separated from their boxes and carried in parade.
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