African art > African Statues > Statue Fang
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 ...