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Big door Fang (N° 13470)

Pahouins' artistic productions in African art of Gabon Door and its frame, with a large handle, carved with friezes with faces and figures of ancestors reminiscent of the formal appearance of the reliquary heads of Byeri. These symbolic motives have the value of protection, the deceased being for the Fang peoples, to control the occult powers. Wood dowels fix the panels. The back of the door is equipped with a horizontal bar. The people known as Fang, or "Pahouins", described as conquering warriors, have invaded by successive leaps, from villages to villages, all the way between Sanaga in Cameroon and Ogooue in Gabon, between the eighteenth and the beginning of the 20th century. They never had political unity. Clan cohesion has been maintained through religious and judicial associations as so et le ngil. In the back of their huts, in an obscure and often smoky corner, the lineage chiefs carefully stored their Byeri, the reliquary chests, and the tribal sculptures that "watched over them." The daily life of the Fangs had three priorities: to perpetuate the social identity, to live in a hostile natural environment, to converse with the deceased to keep them away from the living. (Louis Perrois) The bones of the deceased were kept in boxes surmounted by a sculpture, which had the role to watch out the relics.  

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OriginCollection française Saverio
EthnyFang
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood
Height153
Width84
Weight28.00 Kg
Estimated datingdébut xx°

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