Reliquary figure Fang Byéri - African art

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Reliquary figure Fang Byéri (N° 12017)

French African art collection.
Female ancestor effigy with unusual round head. The feet are missing, the posterior stalk eroded. Metal washers with a brass cabochon in the center form the character's hallucinated gaze. The sculptor opted for a geometric mouth, revealing incised teeth. The legs, apart, have massive thighs and disproportionate shins. The peoples known as Fang, or "Pahouins", described as conquering warriors, invaded in successive leaps, from villages to villages, the entire vast region between the Sanaga in Cameroon and the Ogooué in Gabon, between the 18th and the beginning of the 20th century. century. They have never had political unity. Clan cohesion was maintained through religious and judicial associations such as so and ngil . At the bottom of their boxes, in a dark and often smoky corner, the heads of line-ups were preciously securing their Byéri , the relic chests and tribal sculptures that monitored the ". The daily life of the Fangs had three priorities: to perpetuate social identity, to live in a hostile natural environment, to dialogue with the deceased to keep them away from the living. (Louis Perrois) The bones of the deceased were kept in boxes topped with a guardian sculpture supposed to watch over the relics.  

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OriginCollection Saverio
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm47
Width13 cm
Weight2.40 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1950
Socle includedYes

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