We are not exactly sure as to the origins of this piece but it looks to have been inspired by the Fang people of Gabon. The statue features a female figure with beautiful scarification on her face and body. She measures 30.5 inches tall, 33.5 inches including the custom base, and weighs 13.5 pounds. There is some breakage to the bottom of the piece and some cracking and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.
Unique Fang Inspired Statue 33.5″ – Gabon – African Art
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30.5" figure, 33.5" including base
Damage to the base of the figure. Cracking and wear and tear throughout.
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.