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Fang Statuette (N° 25565)

African art and the cult of ancestors.
Fang type sculpture (also called "Pahouins") associated with the cult of the "Byeri" ancestors of Gabon. Leaves of golden metal decorate the room.
Shiny heterogeneous patina, drying cracks, abrasions.
Among the Fang, the relics of the most remarkable ancestors were kept in cylindrical bark boxes near the bed of the head of the lineage, initiated in the family cult of Byéri. Topped with 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 certain celebrations, the statues were separated from their boxes and carried on parade.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Material(s)wood, copper
Height cm33
Width10 cm
Weight0.92 Kg

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