Classic Eyema O Byeri On Its Nsekh – Fang Ntumu – Gabon
In fairly good state considering its great age. Obvious signs of long traditional use. It dates to around 1920.
Provenance: Ex - collection of Maurice Braham, London. Bought from him by S. Westerdijk around 1970.
A female Ntumu Byeri figure is rare in itself, but one sitting on its original barkwood box is even more scarce. This very-well patinated example is of the long-face Ntumu substyle once current in Gabon. It has the for the Ntumu characteristic helmet –like hairdo. Its arms fall alongside the body, the hands rest on the knees of the shortened legs. This piece belonged to a group of Fang figures that made part of my mother’s collection, which she established in the 1960s and 1970s.A truly great piece with a ditto history.
Literature: Yves le Fur (ed.): Les Forêts Natales, Paris, 2017, pp. 194ff.
Dimensions: 82 x 20 x20 cm.
People/ Region: The Ntumu are the largest Fang group. They live in N.W. Gabon and adjacent regions of Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon.
Material: Alstonia congensis medium hardwood and bark of the Okumu tree, Chlorophora excelsa.
Weight: 2.980 kg. Byeri: 0.99kg. Nsekh: 1.99 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.
- Classic Eyema O Byeri On Its Nsekh
- Region/ country
- It dates to around 1920
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 82×20×20 cm
- 2.98 kg