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Figure of reliquary Fang Mvaï of the Byeri (N° 17215)

This male figure was intended to be recorded by the posterior stalk on the basket housing the relics of the ancestors. Wearing a three-hulled crest characteristic of the Mvai warriors of the Ntem Valley, this ancestor effigy with an offering horn has a concave face with a large pout.
odlened dark bois, indigenous restoration on one leg, missing on one foot and é / In the Fang of Cameroon and Gabon, each 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 Fang ethnic group, established in a region stretching from Yaounde in Cameroon to Ogooué in Gabon, has never had political unity. Clan cohesion was maintained through religious and judicial associations such as the so and ngil. Following his journey to the region in 1851, Paul du Chaillu painted a portrait of the Fang in his book Voyages and Adventures in Equatorial Africa. His account, long considered fallacious, depicts the Fang as belligerent, superstitious and anthropophage savage savages. It was only later that the correctness of his testimony was accepted and recognized by his peers. (ref.: Fang L.Perrois)  

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Originex-collection Mercier
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm62
Width15 cm
Weight1.65 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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