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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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Figure of reliquary Fang of Byeri
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Ex-french African art collection.
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 ...

Ngil s Fang Mask
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In the category of the very large masks of Africa, the fang masks, generally coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of the ancestors), intervened in the middle of the night, their appearance arousing fright. They were used by the male society ngil which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. The ngil consisted of a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. Matte and velvety patina, golden. Fingerprints of xylophagous animals now eradicated.
The Fang, formerly called Pahouin, are divided into several subsets in three countries, Cameroon, Gabon, and the mainland of Equatorial Guinea. Mainly hunters, they also practice agriculture. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, made ...


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Figure of reliquary keeper of the Byeri Fang
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Reliquary guardians in African art from Gabon. This female figure embodies the spirit of an ancestor. This tribal sculpture, kept by the esa, the oldest man in the family, was intended for a reliquary in which the bones of ancestors were kept. Very present, the tubular element indicating the umbilicus symbolizes the filial bond. Lumpy matt patina. Powdery ochre residue, abrasions. Underlying light wood.
This type of object was placed in a dark corner of the hut. The relics of the most notable ancestors were kept in cylindrical bark boxes near the bed of the head of the lineage, the initiate of the family cult of the Byeri . Topped with a human effigy that affirmed their identity, they contributed to the protection of their descendants through regular sacrifices . Their ...

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 Ntumu s ancestor figure of the Byeri
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Covered with braids gathered in three top shells, the horizontal lips forming a wide pout, this reliquary figure displays the characteristics of the Ntumu style from the regions between Gabon, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. Matt oily patina, eroded areas. Lacks in the feet.
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 a 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 initiation ceremonies of young people linked to the "So" society. During ...

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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Figure of guardian ancestor of Fang reliquary
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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 ...

Eyema Byeri Fang Reliquary Guardian Statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Byeri

This Fang statue, intended to be marked in a basket-reliquaire by the posterior stalk, has a long-form body, truncated arms, stylized, whose hands are barely put on, and lower limbs stocked and rounded like those of a newborn. The elegant head, remarkably clean, is intertwined in the mass of a long neck. From the tubular bust spouts the umbilical growth, taking advantage over discrete sexual organs. Smooth, glossy black patina.
Every 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 ...

Male effigy of Byeri
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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 ...


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Ngil s 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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Fang / Tsogho du Ngil Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Fang Mask

An expression of the link between the living and the dead, this exceptional Fang mask, popular with collectors, is distinguished by a short nose with a rounded tip, like the reliquary statues of the Byeri. The headdress is divided into three tubular shells, two of which are facing outwards. This type of hairstyle has been attributed to the Tsogho/Fang by Peter Stephan The icons of the Bwiti B. Goy). The volumes are highlighted with blackened grooves evoking tribal tattoos. Honey-coloured wood encrusted locally with a thick residual layer of kaolin. Scattered erosions.
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 male society ngil which no ...


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Fang ancestor figure
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This figure of naturalist style ancestor has a hairstyle in parallel shells, the eyes are surrounded by metal, reputed to have magical properties, and the character sports a loincloth made up of animal teeth connected by ropes. Oiled dark patina. Controlled xylophageal prints.
The peoples known as Fang, or Pahouins, described as conquering warriors, invaded by successive leaps, from villages to villages, the entire region between the Sanaga in Cameroon and the Ogooué in Gabon, between the 18th and the beginning of the twentieth century.
In the depths of their boxes, in a dark and often smoky nook, the heads of lineages preciously stored their Byéri, the relic chests and the sculptures that undersaw them. The daily life of the Fang had three priorities: perpetuating social ...


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Ngil s Fang Mask
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This African Fang mask illustrates one of the many stylistic variations of the Fang of the Ngil's Fang justice masks, from a stretched volume in which assertive features confer an austere appearance.
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 male society ngil which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. The ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. 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 identifying the culprits of the bad deeds within the village. ...


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Figure of reliquary Fang Mvaï of the Byeri
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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 érosions.br / 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 ...

Fang  reliquary sculpture
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This figure of male ancestor, with a prognathic jaw, was placed on the box of relics of the deceased, which was guarded by the esa , the oldest man in the family. Carved from light-coloured wood, now abrased, the statue bears residual traces of black pigments. The arms are proportionally reduced, the hands rest on a long cylindrical bust. The feet attached to a metal base are slightly eroded.
Fach the Fangs of Cameroon and Gabon, each family has a Byeri, or reliquary box, in which the bones of illustrious 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 head that acted as the guardian of the 'byeri' boxes, named as the cult to which they resemble. These were kept in a dark corner of the ...


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Byeri Fang Reliquary Keeper
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Br-Guardians of reliquary in the African art of Gabon
This male figure embodies the spirit of the ancestors. A tribal sculpture of great aesthetic quality, it was preserved by the esa, the oldest man in the family, and was stored in the reliquary basket in which the bones of the ancestors were kept. The rhythm of the angles, headdress, breasts, musculature, joins, contrasts with the tubular volumes. Very present, the tubular element at the umbilical symbolizes the filial bond. By the care given to the physiognomy, an intense concentration seems to emanate, reinforced by the attitude of the hands gathered on the bust. Smooth black patina, erosions located on one foot and the sides of the headdress.
This type of object was placed in a dark corner of the box. The relics of the ...

Figure of reliquary Fang of the Byeri
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The African art of the cult of Byeri is illustrated by various anthropomorphic sculptures acting as 'guardians' and embodying the ancestor. The boxes containing the relics of illustrious ancestors were kept by the oldest man in the village, the esa. Surmounted by a statue or head that acted as the guardian of the 'byeri' boxes, they were stored in a dark corner of the box, supposed 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. Pre-events were carried out on some statues for therapeutic purposes.
This statuette intended to be boxed in a basket-reliquaire by the posterior peduncle, has a prognathic machoîre in which ...

Fang of the Byeri Reliquary Ancestor Figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Byeri

There is a wide variety of Fang statues within African art linked to the cult of Byeri.
This anthropomorphic sculpture, intended to be boxed in a basket-reliquaire by the posterior peduncle, has a concave face with the prognathic machoîre. The morphology is long, the importance of lineage is symbolized by the umbilical tenon and genitals. The attitude, on tiptoe, is common tpeu. Black patina, satin, scattered erosions.
The boxes containing the relics of illustrious ancestors were kept by the oldest man in the village, "esa". Surmounted by a statue or head that acted as the guardian of the boxes "byeri", they were stored in a dark corner of the box, supposed to divert evil influences to someone else. Samples were also taken from the figures for therapeutic purposes. They were ...

Fang reliquary figure
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The African art of the Byeri cult is illustrated by various anthropomorphic sculptures that serve as "gardiens" and embody the ancestor.
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 boxes "byi", they were stored in a dark corner of the box, supposed to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to the company "So". During the holidays, the statues were separated from their boxes and paraded.
This statuette intended to be recorded in a basket-reliquary by the posterior stalk, has a head with metal-circled eyes, and a sulky mouth with eroded volumes. The pattern of the ...


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