Statue(s) (1) - Wood - byeri - Fang - Gabon

Description
Statue(s) (1) - Wood - byeri - Fang - Gabon
Mid 20th century - Good

Property from a Private Collection . FANG FEMALE ANCESTOR STATUE FROM A RELIQUARY ENSEMBLE, GABON, CA. 1920/30
On a 1950ties wood base, crafted in Germany. Height: 15 1/2 in (39 cm) This previouisly unpublished Fang statue from a German collection was once part of a byeri ritual ensemble which included also a reliquary vessel made of bark, containing the skulls of dynastic ancestors. Of powerful physiognomy and rigorous geometry, this image of an ancestor expresses the quiet strength and introspective stillness for which Fang art is so beloved. With brass eyes. Liquid palm oil applied in its original ritual context glistens on the surface. The statue has been painted white and recleaned with palm oil at some point of time in the colonial past, which has left some remains of white color the natural cracks of the wood, but there is still patina and visible incrustrations left, especially on the right leg and foot. Provenance: Sir Kurt Gaulke (1926-2011), Lemgo, presumably acquired in Brussels in the 1950s
Dr. Kay Meiners, grandson of the above, acquired it in 2011

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Statue(s)
Indigenous object name
byeri
Ethnic group/ culture
Fang
Region/ country
Gabon
Material
Wood
Period
Mid 20th century
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
Yes
Dimensions
39×17×14 cm
Not registered yet?
By creating your free Catawiki account, you’ll be able to bid on any of our 50,000 special objects up for auction every week.
or Sign in