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Superb Reliquary Figure, Fang Peoples, Gabon

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H: 23 inches, W: 7 inches

Materials: wood, twine

The Fang ethnic group number about 900,000 and constitute a vast village communities, established in a large zone of Atlantic equatorial Africa: consisting Cameroon, continental Equatorial Guinea and northern part of Gabon, on the right bank of the Ogowe River.  Fang people used masks and statues/figures in their secret societies, the “bieri”, or ancestor sculpture.  They celebrate this figure when a new crop was planted or before fishing or going hunting.  The Fang bieri has the proportion of a new born, this emphasizing the groups’ continuity with its ancestor and with (three faces); the three classes of society: the “not-yet-born”, the living and the dead.  This stunning fine figure shown here was also used for the initiation of young males into their secret societies as members.


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  1. Reliquary Figure by the Fang people 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Feb 2019

    Superb wood carving by the Fang is nice piece. Wood is heavy and possibly mahogany. It is sitting in my living room and receiving a lot of admiration. Price is worth it and I hope to keep it for a long time. I recommend this gallery to anyone who needs African art.