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Great figure of reliquary keeper Byeri Fang (N° 17204)

Keepers of reliquary in the African art of Gabon
This male figure with his prestigious head ornaments embodies the spirit of ancestors. The character features a voluminous feather headdress, pearl necklaces, and gold metal sidings reminiscement of traditional scarifications. This tribal sculpture, preserved by the esa, the oldest man in the family, was intended for a reliquary in which the bones of the ancestors were kept. Very present, the tubular element indicating the umbilical symbolizes the filial bond. .
Patine smooth and shiny, light brown nuanced with light grey. br-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 society. So, 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 monégasque
Material(s)wood, metal, plumes, perles, boutons
Weight3.75 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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