Male Reliquary Figure

eyema-o- byeri
Exhibits: Ancestor Cult
Tribes: Fang peoples, Mvai sub-style
Location: Ntem Valley, North Gabon
Period: 20th Century
Materials: Black Patina, Wood

This figure has all the stylistic features of the Mvai statuary: full volumes, muscular thighs and calves and stylized chest muscles, disproportionately small arms holding the hands tightly and a protruding navel and penis. It has the typical coiffure with three triangular loops gathered at the nape of the neck. The big head has a meditative expression, a narrowing heart-shaped face, high curved forehead, half closed eyes with puffy eyelids, and a curved mouth with filed teeth. A band of tattooing rises vertically up from the navel.


L. Perrois, Fang, 226, pp. 37-8

Male Reliquary Figure
Male Reliquary Figure
Male Reliquary Figure
Male Reliquary Figure