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Statue Fang (N° 23095)

The anthropomorphic sculptures acting as "guardians" and embodying the ancestor illustrate the African art associated with the Byeri cult.
Male figure of an unusual type in the arrangement of the arms and the wicker rods and fragments of textile skilfully twisted around the limbs. The rest of the morphology remains classic. The face with metallic pupils, framed by flat braids, offers relatively realistic features. Eroded matte patina.
Among the Fang, 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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OriginCollection française
Material(s)wood, vannerie, textile, metal
Height cm60
Width20 cm
Weight2.30 Kg
Socle includedYes

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