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Fang Sculpture of the Byeri (N° 16764)

Br-Guardians of reliquary in the African art of Gabon
This male figure embodying the spirit of the ancestors was destined to be fixed, fixed by means of the posterior peduncle, on the basket containing the relics of the ancestors. The character is wearing a hairstyle composed of braids gathered in shells. This tribal sculpture, preserved by the esa, the oldest man in the family, has an omblical outgrowth symbolizing the filial bond. Various restorations have been undertaken through wicker links. Smooth and shiny patina. This type of object was placed in a dark corner of the box. The relics of the most remarkable ancestors were kept in cylindrical bark boxes near the layer of the lineage chief, initiated by the family cult of the Byri . Surmounted by a human effigy that affirmed their identity, they contributed to the protection of their descendants through regular sacrifices. Their function was to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to the company "So". The initiation rites, forbidden to women and children, took place under the influence of a hallucinogenic substance, the Alan , borrowed from the Pygmies. But during some celebrations, the statues were separated from their boxes and paraded.  

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Originex-collection française
Material(s)wood, vannerie
Weight1.28 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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