Africa Direct
Africa Direct

Fang Reliquary Post Guardian Figure Gabon African Art

AvailabilityIn stock
SKU
134113
$1,200.00
US Shipping
$44.98
More Information
Brand Unbranded
Title Fang Reliquary Post Guardian Figure Gabon African Art
Type of Object Reliquary Figure (Eyema-o-Bieri Figure)
Country of Origin Gabon
People Fang
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 22
Width (in) 7
Depth (in) 7
Dimensions Height: 22 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Depth: 7 Inches
Height: 22 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Depth: 7 Inches
Height: 22 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Depth: 7 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:

During migrations which took place in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries the Fang people moved to their present area becoming part of a complex overlay of population of approximately 200,000, who stretch from southern Cameroon, through Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. The Fang organized their lives around the family lineage and venerated their lineage's ancestors at family shrines where memorials or reliquary boxes known as byeri, containing their bones were under the care of an elder known as the Esa. Containers made of either bark or woven basketry was surmounted by sculpted figures that guarded the remains of Fang ancestors.