Good condition, used with some signs of wear
|Object:||Fantastic relic figure|
|Indigenous object name:||"eyema o bieri "|
|Ethnic group/ culture:||Fang "Okak"|
|Material:||Wood, brass nails|
|Condition:||Good condition, used with some signs of wear|
|Sold with stand:||Yes|
Provenance: old collection in Paris,Galerie Mazarine, Jean Pierre Laprugne.
As a migrating people, the Fang had the custom of amassing the bones and skulls of their dead chieftains and important members of their community (along with magical substances) in cylindrical bark containers, instead of burying them in graves. The containers are crowned with figurative wooden sculptures, which are said to embody the guardian spirits of their family ancestors, whose remains are inside the containers; ‘the physical embodiment of the life force of their ancestors’. These ancestor shrines are known as nsek bieri (also known as nsek byeri), and the guardian figures protecting the shrines are called bieri (or eyema bieri, eyema-o-bieri or nlo bieri).
It is assumed that these shrines enabled the living to communicate with their ancestors in the spirit world through sacrificial offerings to the nsek-bieri. Bieri figures were also consulted before performing important tasks.
On the pedestal there is a label with ‘Pahuin Gabon Afrika’.
You can find a very similar figure in the book ‘Die Kunst des schwarzen Afrika’, see photo.
Catawiki member since April 10, 2016, received 82 reviews in total (31 in last 12 months)
|Feedback score:||96.8% (31 reviews)|
|(last 12 months)|
Very nice object. Extremely well packed! Till next time!!!!
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.Merci. objet bien reçu.
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.Danke für einen zügigen Versand der Maske, die es uns durch ihre eigenwillige Form sofort angetan hat. Sie strahlt auch "live" das aus, was die Fotos versprechen. Nochnals danke.
The African mask arrived in perfect state, swift delivery, dependable dealer.
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.I am very happy with the Guromask. It is a fantastic piece and it arrived safely, due to the care of the owner. The mask is exactly what I hoped.
Again, I look at the mask with appreciation.
good object and very good seller, fast shipping, thanks
Beautiful piece, unfortunately not old as told (beginning 20th century) but instead last quarter of th20th century. The patina is clearly not genuine, made and aged with the “smoking/smoked” process.
Nice item. Well packed. Thanks.
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