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Fang reliquary statue (N° 16836)
The Fangs of Cameroon and those of Gabon, like the Kota, make abundant use of metal in the statuary.
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The hands gathered in front of the bust, this sculpture of the ancestor of the Byeri is equipped with a tenon indicating the umbilical and also features, reinforced by the arch of the eyebrows highlighted by upholstery nails, pupils set with gold metal housed in the face in the heart. The massive, curved lower limbs are covered with a dark-spotted golden patina. Smooth patina, minimal desication cracks.
. Each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of the ancestors are preserved. These boxes were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". The reliquary boxes were surmounted by a statue or head that acted as the custodian of the U-002byeri" boxes. These were kept in a dark corner of the box, and were intended to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to the company "So". During the holidays, statues whose vision was forbidden to women, were separated from their boxes and carried in parade. The rites were subject to the absorption of a hallucinogenic plant substance "alan".
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