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Male effigy of Byeri (N° 11233)
Several variants of Fang Byeri statues make up African art.
Majestic figure of ancestor covered with strips of copper. Sitting, she holds with both hands an object of power, surmounting a prominent umbilicus. Its voluminous head is capped with a bouquet of well preserved feathers. His neck is adorned with a double row of glass beads and cowrie shells above the clearly marked collarbones. The posterior peduncle is always present. The peoples known as Fang, or Pahouins", described as conquering warriors, invaded by successive leaps, from villages to villages, all the vast region between the Sanaga in Cameroon and the Ogooué in Gabon, between the Eighteenth and early twentieth century. In the back of their huts, in an obscure and often smoky corner, the lineage chiefs carefully stored their Byeri, the reliquary chests, and the sculptures that "watched over them." "The daily life of the Fangs had three priorities: to perpetuate the social identity, subsist in a hostile natural environment, dialogue with the dead to keep them away from the living. (Louis Perrois)