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Fang spoon (N° 22940)

This African object illustrates the diversity of the decorative arts of the Fang: the sculpted motif is here like the statues of ancestors surmounting the reliquary baskets in the Byeri cult. Anthropomorphic spoon-emblems are recurrent in tribal art. Although ritual, the spoon is also an emblem of social status, depending on the complexity of its shapes and decorative motifs.
Height on base: 35 cm. Shiny patina, abrasions.
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". Surmounted by a statue or a head that acted as guardian of the "byeri" boxes, they were stored in a dark corner of the hut, supposed to divert evil influences towards someone else. They were also used during initiation ceremonies for young people linked to the "So" society. During festivals, the statues were separated from their boxes and carried in parade.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm29
Width8 cm
Weight0.42 Kg
Socle includedYes

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