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Fang Byeri reliquary figure
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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 ancestor figure of Byeri reliquary
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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 ...

Fang Ngil Large helmet mask
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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 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 object of the Byeri
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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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Ngil s Fang Mask
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Collection African tribal art.
Designed to unmask sorcerers, this mask bleached with kaolin, sculpted on the eve of ceremonies, expresses the desire to capture the mysteries of the night and intimidate the opposing forces. Accompanied by words, gestures, dances and sacrifices, it also intervened during initiations out of sight of laymen. Velvety matte patina, very fine cracks at the top do not detract from this mask in excellent condition. Height on base : 47 cm.
The appearance of these masks usually 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 ...


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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 ...

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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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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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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