A FANG, BETSI, Reliquary guardian head, EYEMA-BYERI
H= 22cm - 32 cm on wood stand (included) .
Layered patina, metal eyes, metal pin on top.
Age: From the early to mid 20th Century
Guardian reliquary heads, as well as statues, are hidden out of sight. Used for initiations rituals, hunting, and construction of war houses. Once a year, the relics are washed, fed and the guards dance proving the vitality of the deceased and to protect the living.
From the private collection of Wim Spruit ( 1927-2016) who started collecting African Art in 1955 with his wife Willy. He had an ever changing collection, always buying, trading and selling.
He was good friends with Harrie Heinemans and mentioned in his book " The pleasure of Collecting African Art", and became the "penning meester" of the Dutch Ethnographic association VVE ( Vrienden Vereniging Ethnographica ) and sold an important Benin head to the Africa museum in Berg en Dal .
David Norden is an antique dealer with 25 years experience.
Can be viewed or picked up, at the African Antiques Shop in Antwerp.
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