1st half of the 20th century - Good condition
Splendid FANG reliquary figurine - Ntoumo style - Early 20th century Generally, these figurines are placed on containers made of tree bark, in which were kept the bones of the deceased ancestors - in this case, the bottom is unusual - it is probably made of tree whips covered with an impregnated brown-red cloth, primitively ornamented with a gold-coloured thread. This is a feminine figurine - rare - usually, such sculptures are masculine and have a frightening facial expression, in order to ward off the evil spirits. It has a thick green band on the shoulders - without a doubt, it is filled with secret sacred materials. The figurine has a height of 47 cm.
The patina of age is marvellous: shiny, deep and dark brown with, especially on the front, on the face, traces of years of libations, with traces of blood and palm oil. With a few age-related damages on the nose, the mouth and on the hands - they are not disturbing.
Fascinating top-piece - Former Belgian collection.
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