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Fang Figural Trumpets Pair Gabon African Art 70 inch

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Title Fang Figural Trumpets Pair Gabon African Art 70 inch
Type of Object Trumpets
Country of Origin Fang
People Gabon
Materials wood
Approximate Age second half 20th century
Dimensions 70.5 inches H. x 3 inches diam.
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.
Damage/Repair wear, chips in holes, dents and scratches in places

Additional Information:  An exceptional and large pair of  Figural Trumpets Each trumpet ends with a carved seated figure. The cylindrical trunks of these imposing trumpets are beautifully decorated with motifs in carved cowrie shells.  The sculptures represent a female and a male  seated figure carved in Fang style.  In Central Africa trumpets are usually carved as a family: mother, father, and children. The most famous example of its kind comes from the Beembe of the Republic of Congo with a set of four trumpets representating mother, father, daughter and son (see Marie-Therese Brincard (ed.) Sounding Forms. African Musical Instruments.1989, fig. 115, p. 157).
This same idea is implied to the offered example  with the representation of mother and father or husband and wife. Instruments such as this are associated with the chieftaincy and played  to announce  important events (death in the village for instance ) and are played during the  funerals and other ceremonies. The two trumpets would perform together as part of an orchestra.

The Fang live in Gabon, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. During migrations which took place in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries the Fang people moved to heir present area becoming part of a complex overlay of population of approximately 200,000 people, presently reaching from southern Cameroon into Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Living in small forest communities the Fang focused upon tightly knit kingship and lineage systems and the veneration of ancestors through the use of figurative sculptures. 


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 Perrois, L. Sculpture traditionelle du Gabon, Paris. 1977 Tessmann, G. Die Pangwe, Berlin and New York. 1913(1972)

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