Carefully carved, this reliquary guardian of Byeri displays the particularities of the Ntoumou of northern Gabon, which however have many variations. The figure is armed with a torque, bracelets on the wrists and ankles, and a staple is inserted on the forehead, the metal being endowed, for many African tribes, with apotropaic virtues. The head of a great sobriety is capped with the traditional pointed helmet, the two small eyes schematized by two brass pupils are inscribed under the broad curved forehead, and the half-open mouth advances in pout.
We find the Fang people in central Africa, south of Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, few in the Republic of Congo.
This item is sold with its certificate of authenticity.
Provenance: Ex French Collection
Estimated date: Mid 20 century
Material: Wood, brass
Height: 56 cm
Width: 16 cm
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