Splendid Fan – Fang Ntumu – Gabon / Cameroon
In fairly good state. It dates to around 1920. With clear signs of wear and tear. On stand.
Provenance: Ex – collection of François Chanudet, La Rochelle, France. Obtained by him directly after W.W.II in a local auction. Donated to H. Westerdijk by him in 1976.
Delivery only within the EU
Fang fans are very rare and hardly ever collected. They must have made part of the households of rich people. The only well-published example has a ivory grip, which indicates that such objects were reserved for members of the social elite. The wooden grip here is a flattish torso of what looks like to be a female that is inset into a roundish stiff leather leaf dried in the sun and bordered with vegetal stitching. The style of the sculpture is that of the northern Ntumu of the Gabon- Cameroon border area. The eyes are made of beads. A very rare item indeed.
Literature: P.H. Laburthe – Tolra, C H. Falgayrettes- Leveau: Fang, Paris, 1991, fig. on p. 63.
Dimensions :37 x 23 x 3 cm.
People – Region: The northern Fang Ntumu live on both sides of the Gabon –Cameroon border.
Material: wood, beads, vegetal binding, leather-fur.
Weight: 0.117 kg.
Sold with handwritten declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized, for over 50 years now, in the study of the material cultures in African nations that live south of the Sahara.
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- Splendid Fan
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Fang Ntumu
- Region/ country
- Gabon / Cameroon
- wood, beads, vegetal binding, leather-fur
- It dates to around 1920
- Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 37×23×3 cm
- 0.117 kg