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This anthropomorphic sculpture representing a richly adorned young woman is distinguished by the quality of its modeling, its patina evoking a dark skin on which the copper ornaments form a brilliant contrast. Among the characteristics of the Ntumu style from the regions between Gabon, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea is the pouting of the prognathic jaw. The bust is pierced with a cavity in order to introduce magical elements or relics of the deceased. Bright patina, abrasions. Local restoration with brass staples. Cracks of desiccation. Among the Fang of Cameroon and in Gabon, each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of 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 a ...


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Fang head
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African Tribal Art and Funeral Rites
This Fang head with metal pupils, offering a concave face lodged under a rounded forehead and a horizontal pout, was placed on the reliquary box constituting in a way its bust. Oiled golden brown patina, eroded wood.
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. The term Angokh means "full ...


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Fang Mask
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Clean lines and great sobriety for this African mask intended to unmask the sorcerers, sculpted on the eve of the ceremonies. A specificity: the mouth whose incisions dug in soft wood appear a regular teeth, discreetly lodged under the chin. Accompanied by words, gestures, dances and sacrifices, he also intervened during initiations out of sight of the laymen. Dull and abraded heterogeneous patina. Desication cracks, slight misses.

The appearance of these masks, usually coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the ngil male society which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. Ngil was a purifying fire rite ...


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Intended to unmask sorcerers, this type of African mask was carved on the eve of ceremonies. It translates the will to intimidate the occult powers. Accompanied by words, gestures, dances and sacrifices, this type of African mask also intervened during initiations out of sight of the profane. Velvety patina. Desication cracks.
The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Their intervention was also linked to the judicial function by designating the culprits of bad deeds within the village. This type of mask was used by the male ngil society, a rite of purifying fire symbolized by the gorilla, which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. Guarantor of peace, the Ngil also ...


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Fang head
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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 ...


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This African Fang mask illustrates one of the variants of the Fang masks of the Ngil, that is to say, a stretched face in which the assertive features give an austere physiognomy. The nose is long, drawing the eye to a wide mouth with pursed lips. Surface coated with kaolin. The scars are raised with red ochre.
The appearance of these masks, generally coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of the ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause fear. This type of mask was used by the Ngil male society which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. The ngil was a rite of purifying fire symbolized by the gorilla. The bearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by ...


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Fang mask
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Ex-collection French African tribal art
Intended to unmask sorcerers, this helmet mask, of the Fang Ngil type, bleached with kaolin, which was sculpted on the eve of ceremonies, reflects the desire to capture the mysteries of the night and to intimidate opposing forces. Accompanied by words, gestures, dances and sacrifices, this type of African mask also intervened during initiations out of sight of the profane. Matte patina, erosions and losses.
This type of mask was used by the ngil male society which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. Guarantor of peace, the ngil also fixed the seasons, the location where the villages were to be established, and the conditions for the exploitation of agricultural ...


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Statue Fang
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The African art of the Byeri cult is illustrated by various anthropomorphic sculptures acting as "guardians" and embodying the ancestor. The boxes containing the relics of illustrious ancestors were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". Topped with a statue or a head that acted as guardian of the "byeri" boxes, they were stored in a dark corner of the box, supposed to divert evil influences towards someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of the young men linked to the "So" society. During festivals, the statues were separated from their boxes and carried in parade. Previews were made on some statues for therapeutic purposes.
This ancestor figure, wearing a triple shell in the Ntumu style, was intended to be placed in a reliquary ...


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African Fang mask depicting a face with an austere physiognomy, topped with tri-directional horizontal tubular shells. This type of hairstyle was attributed to the Tsogho/Fang by Peter Stephan ("Les icons du Bwiti" B. Goy). A label affixed to the inside of the mask by a well-known Belgian collector reads "1938". This owner wishing to remain anonymous acquired his objects from the galleries of Sablon, Brussels.
Light wood with a thick layer of locally abraded kaolin. Very good condition despite some scattered erosions.
The appearance of these masks generally coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of the ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause terror. This type of mask was used by the male ngil society which no longer exists today. This secret ...


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Fang mask
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Justice rituals and African Fang masks. The protruding forehead, extended by a powerful nose, dominates here the flatness of the face in which the eyes and the mouth are incised. The engraved motifs, referring to the scarifications in use, are enhanced with pink ocher and black. An exceptional patina of use is partially flaking, erosions mark the contours.

Dense wood, dry abraded patina. Cracks of desiccation.
The appearance of these masks coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of the ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the male ngil society in northwestern Gabon, southern Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft.
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Ngontang Fang Ntumu Mask
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Ex-collection African tribal art French.
.The remarkable Fang sculptors and blacksmiths in African art.

This helmet mask is topped with shell elements associated with traditional hairstyles. Three faces with joined eyebrows are carved on the walls of the mask. The carved lizard refers to the origins of creation: according to Fang myths, the god Mebere created the first man Nzame from a clay lizard. Mebere is said to have passed on to Nzame all techniques including sculpture. Abrasions and indigenous restoration using wicker.
This variant of the Fang masks is known as Ngontang (or Ngontanga), "the figure of the white man's daughter" . Appearing in the 1920s, it represents the spirits of the dead who visit in the form of a young white woman from the afterlife and was ...


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Fang of the Byeri Reliquary Head
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African art and funerary rites
A head with inlaid pupils, offering a heart-shaped face under a wide forehead, a rectangular mouth projecting forward, and a helmet-like headdress are some of the characteristics of the Ntumu style. This type of sculpture fulfilled the same function as the byeri statuettes. Dark oiled patina, eroded wood.
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 kept 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 meant to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the ...

Fang Byeri reliquary figure
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Rare Byeri ancestor figure, a singularly naturalistic work of a woman with a muscular and fleshy body. The crested headdress is underlined with metal, linear scarifications vertically divide the face.
Velvety patina, abrasions of use and erosions of the base. Desication crack.
The peoples known as the Fang, or "Pahouins", qualified as conquering warriors, invaded by successive leaps, from village to village, the entire vast region between the Sanaga in Cameroon and the Ogooué in Gabon, between the 18th and the beginning of the 20th century. The boxes containing the relics of illustrious ancestors were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". Surmounted by a statue or a head that acted as guardian of the "byeri" boxes, they were stored in a dark corner of ...


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Fang Sickle Knife
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Former parade weapon, this sickle has a wooden handle with a lustrous patina. The blade has a grainy oxidized patina.
The Fang ethnic group, established in a region stretching from Yaoundé in Cameroon to Ogooué in Gabon, has never had political unity. Clan cohesion was maintained through religious and judicial associations such as so and ngil .


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Fang Byeri reliquary figure
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Coll. tribal art French.
The African art of the Byeri cult is illustrated by various anthropomorphic sculptures acting as "guardians" and incarnating the ancestor.
Atypical by its reduced size and narrow morphology, this statuette displays a succession of muscles like strings of marbles. The pelvis gives the illusion of a comfortable circular seat, contrasting with tiny digitized feet and hands. The horizontal features of the stretched face are concentrated in the lower half, highlighting a large forehead on which a scarification is drawn. Balancing the silhouette, a large hairstyle spreads over the nape of the neck. Beautiful dark brown, silky patina. Certificate of Mister Pierre Vérité, dating from 1985, attached. (photo opposite)
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Fang Byeri reliquary statue
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Fang statues within African art as part of the Byeri cult.
This sculpture, which was placed in a reliquary basket by its posterior peduncle, embodies an ancestor. This male statue has a concave face with a prognathic jaw. His morphology is long and straight, the importance of the lineage is symbolized by the umbilical tenon and the sex. The posture, legs spread, half-bent, the tip of the feet resting on the ground, is unusual. Black patina, satin finish, scattered erosions. The boxes containing the relics of illustrious ancestors were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". Surmounted by a statue or a head that acted as a guardian of the "byeri" boxes, they were stored in a dark corner of the hut, supposed to divert evil influences to someone else. Samples were ...

Fang fetish
Tribal art > African fetish > Fang fetish

French African tribal art collection.
The African art of the Byeri cult is illustrated by various anthropomorphic sculptures acting as "guardians" and embodying the ancestor.
This rare object (reliquary guardian of atypical form?), is formed of a piriform body, with a hollowed center, surmounted by a figurative motif associated with the ancestors of the clan. Patina of use, greyish brown. Cracks. Among the Fang, the boxes containing the relics of illustrious ancestors were kept by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". Topped by a statue or a head that acted as a guardian of the "byeri" boxes, they were stored in a dark corner of the hut, supposed to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to the ...


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Fang statue
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French African tribal art collection.
This anthropomorphic sculpture depicting a young woman is distinguished by the quality of the modeling depicting shapely muscles and by its orange patina. Among the characteristics of the style of the Ntumu from the regions between Gabon, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, the pout inscribed in the prognathic jaw.
Glossy patina, abrasions.
Among the Fang of Cameroon and in Gabon, each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of 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 a head that acted as a guardian of the "byeri" boxes. These were kept in a dark corner of the hut, and were intended to divert evil influences to ...


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Fang Ngil mask
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Designed to unmask sorcerers, this large mask, generally whitened with kaolin, sculpted on the eve of the ceremonies, expresses the desire to capture the mysteries of the night and to intimidate the harmful powers. Accompanied by words, gestures, dances and sacrifices, it was also used during initiations out of sight of the profane. Velvety ochre matt patina. Lower contour eroded. br> The appearance of these masks, generally coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of the ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause fright. This type of mask was used by the Ngil male society which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. The ngil was a rite of purifying fire symbolized by the gorilla. As a ...


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Figure of Fang Ntumu ancestor of the Byeri
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Headed with braids joined in two summit shells, the horizontal lips forming a large pout, this reliquary figure displays the characteristics of the Ntumu style from the regions located between Gabon, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. Matte greasy patina, abraded areas. Indigenous restoration on the buttocks. 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 a head that acted as a 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 the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to ...

Reliquary keeper of the Byeri Fang
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Eket sculptural art spread via the lagoon to neighboring countries. Its influence can be seen on the face of this statue sculpted by the Fang of Cameroon, which was intended to be placed in a reliquary basket by the rear stalk. Very thick oily patina, locally lumpy. Missing at the level of a foot, cracks of desiccation.
The boxes containing the relics of illustrious ancestors were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". Surmounted by a statue or a head that acted as a guardian of the "byeri" boxes, they were stored in a dark corner of the hut, supposed to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to the "So" society. During the festivals, the statues were separated from their boxes and carried in ...





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