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Figure of ancestor Fang of the Byeri (N° 16986)

Fashioned by the blacksmith-sculptor, this Fang sculpture reveals the blows of the herminette. Fang craftsmen were renowned for their quality work. This statue of the ancestor of the Byeri displays brass-circled eyes, a pout, a hairstyle pulled towards the nape of the neck, and has, in his carefully digitized hands, a libation horn. Oiled black patina (decoctions or sawdust of roots and bark, palm oil). Desication cracks. Erosion on the back.
Shest the Fangs of Cameroon and Gabon, each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of illustrious 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 head that acted as the guardian of the boxes "byeri", named as the cult to which they belong. 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 the company "So". During the holidays, the statues were separated from their boxes and paraded, held by the posterior peduncle. (Source: "Fang", Perrois)  

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OriginPolargo USA 1955 - Mercier Belgique 1978
EthnyFang
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm49
Width15 cm
Weight1.40 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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