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Fang staff (N° 22547)

Fang-type prestige scepter, offering an anthropomorphic figure associated with the worship of the ancestors of the Byeri. Sculpted with skill, the piece features a young woman with a long bust framed by bent arms whose hands rest under her breasts. The curved legs rise, semi-flexed, from a rounded base that extends the handle. The face is shaped like a heart in the center of a spherical head.
Shiny patina, cracks.
Among the Fang, the relics of the most remarkable ancestors were kept in cylindrical bark boxes near the couch of the head of the lineage, initiate of the family cult of Byéri. Surmounted by a human effigy which affirmed their identity, they contributed to the protection of their descendants. The initiation rites, forbidden to women and children, took place under the influence of a hallucinogenic substance, Alan, borrowed from the Pygmies. But during some celebrations, the statues were separated from their boxes and carried in parade.  

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OriginRécolté in-situ 1999
Height cm98
Width8 cm
Weight1.68 Kg
Socle includedYes

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