Female Ancestor Figure

eyema-o- byeri
Exhibits: Ancestor Cult
Tribes: Fang peoples, Ngumba group
Location: Southern Cameroon
Period: 20th Century
Materials: Brass Discs, Brass Nails, Brass Plaques, Cloth, Copper Wire, Cowrie Shell Necklace, Mirror Glass, Wood

This powerful female ancestor figure possesses many characteristic features of the Ngumba style: a long heavy structure with rounded forms, surmounted by a large spherical head,shaped as inverted pear with stylish face:broad curved forehead above large eyes,made of brass discs encircled by mirror glasses.The brown wood is enlivened with brass accents. Two rows of cowries-shells necklace encircle the strong neck, while two large copper rings are tied around her left arm with a piece of cloth.


L. Perrois, Fang, 2006, p.35, pl. 10; A. LaGamma, Eternal Ancestors, 2007, pp126-130.

Female Ancestor Figure
Female Ancestor Figure
Female Ancestor Figure
Female Ancestor Figure