This Fang statue depicts a figure in a seated position clasping an object in front of its chest. It features an interesting organic fiber that has been wrapped and braided around its body. The eyes are metal tacks and the piece has an intense gaze. The figure stands 23 inches tall and weighs 4.5 pounds. There are some imperfections including some cracking and scuffing. Please inspect photos carefully.
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wood, pigment, fiber, metal
Cracks on body, scuffing
About the Fang People
“Fang tribespeople migrated from the north-west during the 18th and 19th centuries and are today scattered across southern Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. They are principally hunters, but also farm. Fang social structure is based on the clan, a group of individuals with a common ancestor, and on the family. They also maintain tribal cohesion through the So and Gil societies. Each family possessed a Byeri, or reliquary box, in which the bones of famous ancestors were kept. The box was kept by the Esa, the eldest man in the family. “
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.