Tribal art > African Statues > Fang statue
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 ...