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Fang reliquary figure
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This anthropomorphic sculpture of atypical proportions, emanating from the Ntumu regions between Gabon, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, displays a pout inscribed in a prognathic jaw, a broad forehead and a hairstyle pulled towards the neck. A pierced umbilical, like sex, springs from the abdomen. The oiled patina, black, makes a light wood appear locally. Altered feet. Abrasions and shards of wood.
At the Fang of Cameroon and Gabon, each family has a "Byeri", or reliquary box, in which the bones of illustrious 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 guardian of the boxes "byi", named as the cult to which they resemble. These were kept in a dark corner of the ...


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Large Fang mask of Ngil
African art > African mask > Ngil Mask

This African Fang mask forms one of the many variants of Ngil's Fang masks, a full-length volume in which high orbital cavities contain thin eye slits, a nasal appendage marked with parallel ribs and patterns engraved on the bleached surface. The bulging mouth, pigmented with pink ochre, is altered. Long cracks.
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 intervention was ...


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Large Fang statue of byeri reliquary
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Several variants of Fang Byeri statues are illustrated in The African Byeri art. 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 statue, intended to be placed in a basket-reliquary by the posterior stalk, is entirely plated with copper slats with a golden reflection joined by staples. Bone beads ...

Ngil Fang Mask
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This African mask of the Fang illustrates one of the many stylistic variations of the Fang masks of ngil, starting from a full-length volume in which assertive features confer an austere appearance. The powerful nose grows in length, drawing the eye to the protruding mouth revealing a row of teeth. Under the ajar eyelids, parallel incisions indicate tribal scarifications, as do the grooves dividing the forehead. The hairstyle is arranged in a helmet topped by a double crest.
Golden brown speckled patina, abrasions. Misses on the headdress.
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 men's society ngil which no longer exists today. This ...


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Masquette Fang
African art > African mask > Fang Mask

Gabon's Rituals of Justice and African masks. Sunk under a prominent forehead the pupils of this mask print an inflexible character to the face. The prognathic jaw on which the thin mouth is inscribed also gives a determined character. The summit ridge recalls one of the many hairstyles of the Fang.Patine two-tone people, kaolin residue.

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 ...


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Ngil Fang Mask
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This African Fang mask illustrates one of the many stylistic variations of Ngil's Fang masks, distinguished by a stretched volume in the concave center, in which high orbital cavities contain thin cracks for the eyes. The solemnity here is the pout mouth placed in the end of the chin. Parallel grooves, highlighting the forehead and lower part of the face, are associated with traditional ethnic scarificiations. Tubular, horizontal growths represent the braided shells of the hairstyles. Time has left its mark on this mask, reinforcing its powerful appearance. Irregular patina, abrasion areas.
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 ...


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Fang ancestor statue of Byeri
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Ex-collection French African art. This anthropomorphic sculpture of a young woman is distinguished by the quality of the model, by its patina evoking a black skin on which copper adornments form a brilliant contrast. Among the characteristics of the Ntumu style of the regions between Gabon, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, the pout is inscribed in the prognathic jaw. The bust has been fitted with a circular cavity to introduce magical elements or relics of the deceased.
Beautiful abraded patina. Local restorations using brass staples. Desication cracks.
At the Fangofe of Cameroon and Gabon, 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 ...


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Female figure Fang of Byeri
African art > African Statues > Statue Fang

Sporting a concave face extended with a prognathic chin, this ancestor effigy is depicted sitting on a stalk that fit into the reliquary basket. Its limbs are muscular, rounded, the chest sagging, and the abdomen forms a conical prominence. A crusty patina covers the whole thing, revealing in places satin areas.
We find the Fang in Cameroon and Gabon. 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 ...


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Fang Chicken
African art > Usual african items > Etrier Fang

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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Ngil Fang Mask
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Ex-Dutch African art collection.
This copy of the African Mask Ngil is crowned here with a hem cap in the image of some of the traditional hairstyles used among the Fang. These primary art masks are commonly characterized, despite certain variants, by a bulging frontal volume such as that of this longiform copy, raised eyebrow arches with small scrutinizing eyes, a stretched nasal appendage, and a pout mouth lodged in the chin in point. A pyrogravated decoration accompanies the object, evoking the scarifications of the ethnic group. The mask was brushed with kaolin. The appearance of these kaolin-coated masks (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, was supposed to cause dread. This type of mask was worn with adornment and accessories by members ...


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Relic statue Fang Byeri
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Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Guardian anthropomorphic figure of 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 an important place. This protrusion is related to the pride attached to parentage. The exhorbitated gaze with metal pupils belongs to an individual in trance who would be in mediation with the world of the afterlife. A slight twist of the lower limbs inwards is noteworthy, a detail frequently reported by Fang sculptors, a symptom following certain physiological impairments. The black brown patina, smooth and oiled, becomes clear from the umbilical. A disturbing reputation as cannibals accompanied the Fang people, carefully studied by ethnologist Louis ...


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Ngil Fang Mask
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This African mask of the Fang illustrates one of the many stylistic variations of the Fang masks of ngil, starting from a full-length volume in which high orbital cavities are dug, housing thin slits for the eyes, a very long appendice nasal and a mouth that is commonly reduced or absent. Incisions represent scarifications, on and on either side of the nose. The mouth here forms in a wide pout. A sheet of metal forms a cap around the crest. In the years, storage conditions, and insects have left their mark on this object, reinforcing its powerful appearance. 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 ...


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Figure masculine Fang Byéri
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The Ntoumou in the African art of Gabon
This copy of a statue fang still having its reliquary has specificities specific to the statuary of the African tribal art of North Gabon; it also has, housed in the reliquary in bark, bone fragments, presumably cranial, of the ancestor to whom this reliquary was doomed. The proportions and quality of the model of this Pahouine sculpture are noteworthy. The bones of the deceased fang were kept in boxes topped with a sculpture supposed to watch over the relics. Presenting various regional types, however, they are designed according to an invariable principle, a figure in the face "en heart, with frequent addition of copper or brass metal, hands joined with a cut or not, on a pedon. They are also distinguished by their hairstyles and general ...

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Small Fang mask
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African art > African mask > Gabon Mask

Rituals of justice and African masks of Gabon.
Pupils sheltered under a prominent front mark this reduced mask with austerity. The nose on which the ribs of the forehead are repeated here is slightly slanted, the prognathic jaw on which the mouth is inscribed in pout also gives a determined character to the physionomy. Spotted brown patina, grainy kaolin residue.

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 ...


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Fang wooden box
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This container has a lid topped with three stylized faces reminiscent of the guardian heads of the byeri reliquary. Three fang figures with protective virtues, arms bent, hands clasped, adorn the walls of the box. Since the reliquary boxes contain the bones of the ancestors are most often made up of bark, this wooden sculpture could also have been used as a medicine container or a box dedicated to divination. The internal walls are lined with residues of yellow ochre vegetable oil.
Geometric patterns and parallel lines are engraved on the matte surface. Desication cracks. Indigenous restorations using metal staples.
The peoples known as Fang, or "Pahouins", described as conquering warriors, invaded in successive leaps, from villages to villages, the entire vast ...


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Ngil Fang Mask
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Rituals of justice and African masks Fang.
Concave eyebrow arches extend with a rectangular jaw. The darker mouth fits at the end. The thin incisions of the eyes give an inquisitor and severe air to this ethnic mask whose grainy surface is bleached.

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 ...


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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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Fang loom pulley
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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 brass pupils, ends in 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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Ngil Fang Mask
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African rituals of justice and masks Fang. A long face in which the prognathic jaw forms a pout and thin incisions form the gaze, this primitive mask is endowed with the specifics of the ritual masks of the Fang of Gabon. The forehead is here dug with a deep rib tinged with red ochre, like the scarified motifs. This heavy sculpture has localized abrasions.
abraded surface, powdery kaolin patina, contrasting with the dark light of the nose.
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 ...


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Figure of reliquary Fang of Byeri
African art > African Statues > Statue Byeri

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 ...


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Relic statue Fang Byeri
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Fang tribal art.
Represented seated, this male figure was intended to be recorded by the posterior stalk on the basket housing the relics of the ancestors. Wearing an oblong crest that falls between the shoulder blades, this ancestor effigy with a long bust displays a concave face in which brass pupils are set. One of the feet has been restored. Eroded wood, matte, ochre bark powder residue. 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 ...


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