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Fang Reliquary Byeri Miniature Gabon African Art

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Title Fang Reliquary Byeri Miniature Gabon African Art
Type of Object Figure, carving
Country of Origin Gabon, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea
People Fang
Materials Wood, leather, shell, beads
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 10 Inches
Width: 2.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.


Additional Information:  The people that are called “Fang” in the geographic or ethnographic literature number 800,000 and constitute a vast mosaic of village communities, established in a large zone of Atlantic equatorial Africa comprising Cameroon, continental equatorial Guinea and nearly the whole north of Gabon, on the right bank of the Ogowe River. Historically the Fang were itinerant, and it is relatively recently that they have settled into this broad area. The migratory existence of the Fang prohibited the creation of ancestral shrines at gravesites. Instead, the remains of the important dead, in the form of the skull and other bones, were carried from place to place in a cylindrical bark box. The great rain forest region where the Fang settled is a plateau of middle altitude, cut by innumerable waters with falls and rapids rendering navigation for the most part impossible, and with a climate typically equatorial. Fang are principally hunters but also agriculturists. Their social structure is based on a clan, a group of individuals with a common ancestor, and on the family.  


Recommended Reading:


Fernandez, J.   'La statuaire Fang-Gabon', African Arts, 8, No.1, 1974.


Fernandez, J. W.  and R. L. 'Fang Reliquary Art: Its Quantities and Qualities.'  Cahiers d'etudes africaines, 15, No. 5. 1975


Perrois, L.  Statuaire fang, Paris.  1972


 Siroto, L., East of the Atlantic, West of the Congo, Art From Equatorial Africa, The Dwight and Blossom Strong Collection, Kathleen Berrin, Editor. 1995