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Fantastic relic figure - Wood, brass nails - "eyema o bieri " - Fang "Okak" - Gabon

Lot reference 30379249

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Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object: Fantastic relic figure
Indigenous object name: "eyema o bieri "
Ethnic group/ culture: Fang "Okak"
Region/ country: Gabon
Material: Wood, brass nails
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: Yes
Dimensions: 41.5×12×0 cm

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.

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Catawiki member since April 10, 2016, received 82 reviews in total (31 in last 12 months)

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    fernando4878 November 19, 2019

  • Very nice object. Extremely well packed! Till next time!!!!

    user-d34d631 November 14, 2019

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    Merci. objet bien reçu.
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    artdivers34 November 12, 2019

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    Bonsoir,,
    Merci beaucoup pour vos commentaires positifs, je suis très heureux que le masque soit arrivé intact et vous les aimez

    cordialement
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    Tres bon masque. Bon afaire, merci.
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    fernando4878 November 11, 2019

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    Schnell und gut - immer gern wieder
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    user-f8690dc September 26, 2019

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    très beaux masques. Parfait
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    phil7533 September 26, 2019

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    Heel goede en toffe ervaring met Mr. Gerhard Vesely.
    Alex
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    user-624181e July 15, 2019

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    Auch diese ausdrucksstarke Reliquienfigur ist wohlverpackt und schnell hier angekommen. Danke für einen insgesamt sehr angenehmen Kontakt und bis zum nächsten Mal.
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    MPOKL June 12, 2019

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    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.
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    MPOKL June 12, 2019

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    tatiefraise007 June 7, 2019

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    user-3624aab June 2, 2019

  • The African mask arrived in perfect state, swift delivery, dependable dealer.

    ctual May 22, 2019

  • Perfect transaction

    igala May 21, 2019

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    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.
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    kuylvrouw May 20, 2019

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    AAA +++ EXCELENTE ...
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    solSOL May 10, 2019

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    solSOL May 10, 2019

  • good object and very good seller, fast shipping, thanks

    user-21a6fcf May 8, 2019

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    Perfect!!
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    oestertje April 12, 2019

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    Excellent quality old piece, well packed and delivered on time.
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    sifaka April 6, 2019

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    Mit diesem Anbieter habe ich bisher nur gute Erfahrungen gemacht, weiter so!
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    Katzinchen March 16, 2019

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    A very beautiful object as usual, from an excellent and competent supplier.
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    renatowiki March 14, 2019

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    Die sehr schöne Schalenträgerfigur ist heute angekommen. Sie gefällt uns sehr. Danke für den schnellen Versand und auch für eine äußerst sorgfältige Verpackung der Figur,.
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    MPOKL March 8, 2019

  • 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.

    user-d3ba8ee February 7, 2019

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    Great and authentic qualiy of item. Exactly as pictured and described. Clear and quick communication. Perfect transaction. Highly recommended seller!
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    user-d9bccd7 February 7, 2019

  • Nice item. Well packed. Thanks.

    KaptanKrunch February 6, 2019

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