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Eyema O Byeri - medium density wood of the Alstonia congensis or gabonnensis variety - Ntumu - Cameroun

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It dates to the 1910 – 1920 period - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object: Eyema O Byeri
Ethnic group/ culture: Ntumu
Region/ country: Cameroun
Material: medium density wood of the Alstonia congensis or gabonnensis variety
Period: It dates to the 1910 – 1920 period
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: Yes
Dimensions: 71×23×13 cm
Weight: 1.43 kg

Rare Eyema O Byeri Northern – Ntumu – Cameroun.

In fairly good state for its considerable age. Feet damaged as found. It dates to the 1910 – 1920 period. On stand.

Provenance: Ex- collection of Max Willborg, London. Bought from him around 1975 by P. Westerdijk.

The northern Ntumu live in southern Cameroun, close to the border with Gabon. They have produced a specific style of Byeri figures that are clearly influenced by those of the Ngumba and Mabea, especially so in their size and proportions. What strikes us most is the elongated shapes of legs, arms and torsos. The figure here is rather flat, even the head. The sculpture lacks the swing of other Fang styles and works rather rigid. It is clearly an archaic style of great antiquity. Very much unlike other Byeri figurers, this example has what looks like a bundle of fetish material fixed with rottan bindings around the middle, covering the hands as well. A thin pin comes down from the buttocks so as to let it sink into a nsekh or barkbox that is now missing. The neck is transfixed as if to make it possible to carry or bind the piece. Under the pectorals, a square cavity is hollowed out. These various traits help to give the item an antique and ancient look.

Literature: P.H. Laburthe –Tolra and C.H. Falgayrettes-Leveau, Fang, Paris, 1991. fig. on p.59.

Dimensions: 71 x 23 x 13 cm.
People/ Region The northern Fang of S.W. Cameroon.
Material: medium density wood of the Alstonia congensis or gabonnensis variety.
Weight: 1.43 kg.

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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.
Due to bad experiences with carriers, we opted for one reliable carrier. The shipping costs are therefore slightly higher. Sent by registered and insured mail.

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    Très très bien.
    Toujours d’excellentes pièces d'Art Africaine. Et pour une troisième fois !!
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  • Great piece ! Perfect packaging.

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  • Perfect transaction. Nice item, prompt shipping, good communication. Many Thanks!

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    Mooiste item wat ik tot nu toe heb gewonnen bij Catawiki via deze erg professionele mensen bij de "bron". Waardevol provenance stuk erbij, iets om de rest van je leven van te genieten. Uitmuntend!!!!!
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  • Very nice mask, which was sent rapidly and well packed. Would buy again from this seler.

    laurentnilles April 4, 2019

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    Very happy with my purchase

    ctual March 23, 2019

  • we are quite satisfied with the handling, correct information of this sale and very much appreciate the letter/certificate with the details of the object we bought.

    elsverdonck March 19, 2019

  • Reibungslose Abwicklung. Zusagen eingehalten. Pünktlicher Versand. Ordentliche Verpackung. Voll zufrieden.

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    Vente très positive ! Colis livré le surlendemain de l'enchère ! Deux jours. Extrêmement rapide, avec une frontière à traverser.
    Et très bonne communication avec le vendeur, Bastien.
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  • Item arrived in time and as described in perfect condition.
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    Très beau chi wara, belle patine ancienne. On déplore un recollage non mentionné à la base.
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    Il faut noter bien que c'est une restauration indigène localement faite. Ca indique pour moi que cette pièce ètait bien aimèe par son propriétaire.Plutôt un plus.
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    Sterk masker, zeergunstige prijs, verzorgde en degelijke verpakking. Vlugge levering.
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    conforme à la description, très bien emballé, envoyé dans les temps,je recommande
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    Cet objet de valeur,à 800 € de réserve,est arrivé cassé (j'ai envoyé les photos), car il n'a pas eu les conditions de transport appropriées.Ce vendeur répond gentiment mais ne me dédommage en rien.
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    It's tragic that the object has damaged. There is consultation with Catawiki, the rules of Catawiki are applicable in this case. In the context of the privacy of buyer no further comments
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