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Gong ritual Fang (N° 17882)
Cult accessories, metal alloy gongs, some highly decorated, take on a wide variety of shapes. A sacred instrument, this object is topped with a handle that features a reliquary head of the byeri, featuring a helmet hairstyle with a long braid in the neck. The tinkling of wooden chopsticks on hollow metal heralded the beginning of ceremonies: communication with the supernatural world, ancestors, deities, could be established. Also objects of prestige, they accompanied the respect due to the chefs. Wicker strips are wrapped around the section of the neck. Glossy mahogany brown patina on the face, crusty patina locally flaked on the gong.
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