Byeri Fang Statue - SOLD OUT

Equipped with a reputation for ferocious cannibals, the Fang carved heads and statues of hardwoods imprinted with beauty and mystical serenity whose role was to keep their ancestral relics.
They were arranged in boxes and baskets made to contain the skulls and some of the bones of the revered ancestors and placed in the family tombs.
Heads and statuettes were exhibited during the initiatory and propitiatory rites of Byeri worship as symbolic substitutes for skulls. Considered as members of the family, their use seems to reflect the inconstancy of human relationships, some lovingly coated with oil and others showing signs of abandonment.
This one is Mvaï type.
The headdress of the character is a male hairstyle in vogue, see image.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Ethnic group
Fang
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Gabon
Origin
Tribal art collection France

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