Female Reliquary Figure

eyema-o- byeri
Exhibits: Ancestor Cult
Tribes: Fang peoples, Okak group
Location: Equatorial Guinea
Period: 20th Century
Materials: Brass Nails, Wood

According to L. Perrois' morphological approach, this small female reliquary figure might belong to the southern Fang group, including the Okak. The Okak style puts the accent on compact and stocky forms with proportionately large heads. This small compact figure was modeled in a realistic manner. The full breasts and protruding naval indicate fertility and connection to the acestors. Her coiffure is made of a broad horizontal band with four pointed braids. The statue is black and highly polished.          


L. Perrois, Fang, 2006, pp.40-1; J. Fernandez & R. Fernandez, Fang Reliquary Art: Its Quantities and Qualities, 1975, pp. 723-745

Female Reliquary Figure
Female Reliquary Figure
Female Reliquary Figure
Female Reliquary Figure