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Fang head (N° 22896)

Reliquary head displaying the characteristics of the Ntumu style of the regions located between Gabon, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. Coppery metal enhances the features, multiple torques encircle the neck. Ritual removals were frequent from sculptures of this type. Satin golden patina, eroded areas.
Among the Fang of Cameroon and Gabon, each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of the ancestors are kept. These boxes were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". The reliquary boxes were surmounted by a statue or head which acted as guardian of the "byeri" boxes. These were kept in a dark corner of the hut, and were intended to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during initiation ceremonies for young people linked to the "So" society. During the festivals, the statues were separated from their boxes and carried in parade, held by the posterior peduncle. (Source: "Fang", Perrois)  


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OriginEx-collection française
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm42
Width11 cm
Weight1.49 Kg
Socle includedYes

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