Fang people of Gabon. The statue showcases a figure holding a jug. He has been decorated with pounded metal throughout his face and body and feathers on his head. The statue measures 38 inches tall and weighs 15 pounds.
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Wood, pigment, pounded metal, feathers
Front of left foot broken. Imperfections and wear and tear. See photos.
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.