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Figure of reliquary Fang of Byeri (N° 13897)
Ex-french African art collection.
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Anthropic figure guardian of the reliquary containing the bones of the deceased, on which it was recorded by the posterior stalk. This concave-faced statue has a stretched bust in which the umbilical stands out and atrophied limbs. Its long neck is surrounded by a metal torque, with apotropaic virtues. The umbilical lozenge and the geometric representation of sex are associated with parentage. The hollowed-out orbits give a psychic look to the figure. The black brown patina, smooth and oiled, blends locally.
A disturbing reputation for cannibals accompanied the Fang people, carefully studied by ethnologist Louis Perrois. Rituals and ceremonies related to the worship of Theby also included taking a hallucinogenic drug, alan , in order to better communicate with ancestors. The statuettes were removed from the chest containing the bones of the most prestigious ancestors and manipulated like puppets by the initiates in order to honor their predecessors and attract their protection and intervention. Arts Premier . B.Geoffroy Schneiter (Assouline)
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