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Fang Byeri Container Figural Stopper Gabon African Art

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Product #: 99129
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Title Fang Byeri Container Calabash with Figural Stopper Gabon Africa
Type of Object Byeri container, calabash
Country of Origin Gabon.
People Fang
Materials Wood, calabash, leather , reed or straws
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 27 Inches H. x 8 inches w
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair General wear


Fang Byeri Container  with a carved stopper in the form of a standing figure!



Additional Information: A  rare Fang container with  a figural stopper. Such a container was used in the context of Byeri critual. It was used to contain pal vine or other ritual libation.  The figure is well carved and the piece shows signs of indigenous use and good age..  As some of the most powerful and best know sculptural forms emerging from Africa, Fang figures hold a prominent place in the history of African art. The byeri reliquary held the bones of ancestors and were venerated through annual ceremonies at which they were present in the form of the sculptures. Photographed as early as 1907 (Tessmann 1913/1972, vol. II) the cult of Byeri began to lose its prominence after 1910 due to colonial government pressure. In the past figures would often be embellished with native copper bands around arms or wrists and some would hold in front of them miniature ancestor figures or carved animal horns known as Nlakh or small cups used in byeri rituals.