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Byeri reliquary keeper statuette
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The tribal art of the Byeri cult is illustrated by various anthropomorphic sculptures acting as 'guardians' and embodying the ancestor. The boxes containing the relics of illustrious ancestors were kept by the oldest man in the village, the esa. Surmounted by a statue or head that acted as the guardian of the 'byeri' boxes, they were stored in a dark corner of the box, supposed to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to society. So, so. During the holidays, the statues were separated from their boxes and paraded. Pre-events were carried out on some statues for therapeutic purposes.
This statuette intended to be boxed in a basket-reliquaire by the posterior stalk, has a concave face where the prognathic ...


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Ngil s Fang Mask
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Designed to unmask the sorcerers, this mask in bichromatic variant, sculpted on the eve of the ceremonies, reflects the desire to capture the mysteries of the night and intimidate the opposing forces. Accompanied by words, gestures, dances and sacrifices, he also intervened during initiations out of sight of the laymen. Controlled xylophageal damage, erosion.
The appearance of these masks, usually coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the ngil male society which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. Ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. As a guarantee of peace, he also fixed the seasons, the ...


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Statuette Fang
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The Fang of Cameroon and those of Gabon, like the Kota, make abundant use of metal in statuary.
Semi-flexed muscular legs, arms extended from the bust, hands resting on one side of the face, this male figure of ancestor of the Byeri, with a face embellished with metal. The light mahogany patina, oiled, is enhanced by the presence of slats and thread of hammered copper featuring traditional jewelry and scarfications. Lacks on the back of the headdress.
Every family has a Byeri, or reliquary box, in which the bones of ancestors are preserved. These boxes were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the esa. The reliquary boxes were surmounted by a statue or a head that acted as the guardian of the 'byeri' boxes. These were kept in a dark corner of the box, and were intended ...


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Ngil s Fang Mask
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Rituals of justice and African masks Fang. Sober monochrome for this Fang mask, where the powerful nose, circular pupils and pouting mouth form an inquisitive character.
The appearance of these kaolin-coated masks (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the male society ngil in northwestern Gabon, southern Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea.  This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. The ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Their intervention was also linked to the judicial function by identifying the culprits of the bad deeds within the village.  The Fang ...


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Ngil s Fang Mask
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This long-formed African Fang mask illustrates one of the many stylistic variations of the Ngil's Fang masks, on which assertive features give an austere appearance. Locally abraded bleached patina.
The appearance of these masks, usually coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the male society ngil which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. The ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Their intervention was also linked to the judicial function by identifying the culprits of the bad deeds within the village. The ...


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Figure of reliquary Fang of Byeri
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Ex-French tribal art collection.
Several variants of Fang Byeri statues make up African Art Byeri. Each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of ancestors are preserved. These boxes were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". The reliquary boxes were topped with a statue or a head that acted as custodian of the "byi" boxes. These were kept in a dark corner of the box, and were intended to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to the company "So". During the holidays, the statues were separated from their boxes and paraded. This statuette intended to be recorded in a basket-reliquary by the posterior stalk, eroded, has a dark side in which are set copper pupils. Metal ...

Figure of reliquary Fang of Byeri
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Several variants of the Fang Byeri statues form the African art of the Byeri cult. Each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of ancestors are preserved. These boxes were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". The reliquary boxes were topped with a statue or a head that acted as custodian of the "byi" boxes. These were kept in a dark corner of the box, and were intended to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to the company "So". During the holidays, the statues were separated from their boxes and paraded. This anthropomorphic sculpture, intended to be recorded in a basket-reliquary by the posterior stalk, has a blind head. Strength and power are evoked by the model of the ...


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Fang Sculpture of the Byeri
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Br-Guardians of reliquary in the African art of Gabon
This male figure embodying the spirit of the ancestors was destined to be fixed, fixed by means of the posterior peduncle, on the basket containing the relics of the ancestors. The character is wearing a hairstyle composed of braids gathered in shells. This tribal sculpture, preserved by the esa, the oldest man in the family, has an omblical outgrowth symbolizing the filial bond. Various restorations have been undertaken through wicker links. Smooth and shiny patina. 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 ...

Large Fang hem mask
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This African Fang mask illustrates one of the variants of the Ngil's Fang masks, a stretched facies in which assertive features give an austere appearance. The nose fits in length, drawing the eye to a wide mouth with pinched lips. Kaolin-coated surface. The scarfications are raised with red ochre.
The appearance of these masks, usually coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the ngil male society which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. Ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Their intervention was also ...


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Large Fang mask of the Ngil
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This large Fang hem mask has a stretched facies in which develops a gravity-filled face. The powerful nose extends the center of arches highlighted with a groove, the cheeks offer scarified patterns, and a fleshy mouth, sulky, is raised with pink ochre. Surface coated with crusty kaolin.
The appearance of these masks, usually coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the ngil male society which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. Ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Their intervention was also linked to the ...

Statue of ancestor Fang
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The Fang of Cameroon and those of Gabon, like the Kota, make abundant use of metal in statuary.
Semi-flexed muscular legs, arms with an apparent join spread from the bust, this Byeri ancestor sculpture, with a sagging chest, an umbilical hernia, also features a realistic face embellished with a majestic metal-highlighted hairstyle. The oiled mahogany brown patina is enhanced by the presence of hammered copper leaves, while a necklace of pearls, curies, and seeds, belts the hips of the effigy.
Every family has a Byeri, or reliquary box, in which the bones of ancestors are preserved. These boxes were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the esa. The reliquary boxes were surmounted by a statue or a head that acted as the guardian of the 'byeri' boxes. These were kept in a ...


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Fang Chicken
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This cephalomorphic pulley illustrates the diversity of the decorative arts of the Fang: the head offers the features of the statues above the reliquary baskets. The concave face, set with a brass nail, ends in a pout. Oiled patina, glossy, with grainy residues. In the Fang of Cameroon and Gabon, each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of the ancestors are preserved. These boxes were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". The reliquary boxes were topped with a statue or a head that acted as custodian of the "byi" boxes. These were kept in a dark corner of the box, and were intended to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to the company "So". During the holidays, the statues ...


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Great figure of reliquary keeper Byeri Fang
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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 ...


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Ngil Fang Mask
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An angular version of the Fang mask, it is offered here in red, white and dark tones. The long rectangular nose is marked here with two successive edges under the large faceted volume of the forehead. A recurrence: placed in the lower end of the face, the mouth is drawn in pout.
Dark satin patina with matte coloured beaches.
The appearance of these kaolin-coated masks (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the men's society ngil which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. The ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Their ...


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Ancestor figure of the Byeri Fang
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Br-Sculpture of female ancestor, keeping the reliquary containing the bones of the deceased, on which it was recorded by the posterior stalk. This statue has a stretched bust in which the umbilical holds a prominent place. This protrusance is related to pride attached to parentage. The gaze with metal pupils belongs to an individual in trance who would be in mediation with the supernatural world. Locally reddish-brown patina with metal leaves. Foot eroded. Xylophage prints.
A disturbing reputation of cannibals accompanied the Fang people, carefully studied by ethnologist Louis Perrois. Rituals and ceremonies related to the culte of The Byéri also included the taking of a hallucinogenic drug, the alan , in order to better communicate with the ancestors. The statuettes were removed ...

Fang reliquary statue
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The Fangs of Cameroon and those of Gabon, like the Kota, make abundant use of metal in the statuary.
The hands gathered in front of the bust, this sculpture of the ancestor of the Byeri is equipped with a tenon indicating the umbilical and also features, reinforced by the arch of the eyebrows highlighted by upholstery nails, pupils set with gold metal housed in the face in the heart. The massive, curved lower limbs are covered with a dark-spotted golden patina. Smooth patina, minimal desication cracks.
. Each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of the ancestors are preserved. These boxes were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the "esa". The reliquary boxes were surmounted by a statue or head that acted as the custodian of the U-002byeri" boxes. ...


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Large Fang mask of the Ngil
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This large Fang mask has a stretched facies in which a certain gravity is expressed. The nose is long, covered by a triple scarred line emanating from the top, drawing the eye to a fleshy mouth. Kaolin-coated surface. Erosions on the ridge.
The appearance of these masks, usually coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the ngil male society which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. Ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Their intervention was also linked to the judicial function by identifying the culprits of ...

Fang Mask
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This African Fang mask recalls the copy held at the beginning of the 20th century by the painter Maurice Vlaminck and then by André Derain. Ovoid-like, it contrasts with the long-form masks of the Ngil. The hood engraved in relief highlights a young girl's face with fine features. Remains of red pigments on one side. Abraded kaolin patina. The appearance of these masks, usually coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the male society ngil which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. The ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by ...


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N gil Fang Mask
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The solemnity of ngil masks in The African Art of Gabon

Among the white masks of Gabon, the Fang mask here has classic characteristics such as a large forehead and a powerful nasal appendage, whose central rib joins a triple arc eyebrow. The mouth melts when it in the chin. A summit ridge evokes tribal hairstyle. The object was covered with kaolin, with a dull, powdery surface. Erosions and lacks.
These tribal masks were worn by the (notable) authorities in charge of identifying those responsible for crimes.
The Fang culture is easily recognizable in many typical phenomena found everywhere this ethnic group has settled in Central Africa, in the three republics of Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon.
among these are the epic tale of the Mvet and all the ...


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Large Fang mask of the Ngil
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This mask of justice, whose austere appearance is marked by gravity, has scarifications raised in grey. Dry white kaolin patina.
The appearance of these kaolin-coated masks (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the ngil male society which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. Ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Their intervention was also linked to the judicial function by identifying the culprits of the bad deeds within the village. The Fang ethnic group, established in a region stretching from Yaounde in Cameroon to ...

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Fang anthropomorphic harp
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The omnipresence of sacred instruments in African art
Anthropomorphic arched harps are frequently found in sub-Saharan Africa. These musical instruments accompany traditional songs during ritual ceremonies, as well as initiation rites during the vigils of the bwiti .
The abdomen of a stylized figure, carried by long feet, forms the sounding board of this sacred five-string harp. An antelope skin, oiled, is stretched on the cavity. The handle features a long neck topped with a sculpted head, characterized by large metal orbits and a mouth forming a pout, referring to the ancestors of the clan.
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