Fang Byeri Wood Carved Guardian Figure

11745. Fang Byeri Wood Carved Guardian Figure

Gabon or Equatorial Guinea

Size: 6-1/2 inches (16.5cm) + custom wood base. Ethnologists believe figures such as these were boiled in a soup for medicinal purposes which explains the varied patina. Provenance: Lars Bethge, Europe, and documented in Yale Archive of African Art, Object 0128595.

Wood carved figure holding small cup in front close to body, extended navel, legs mostly gone, with nicely rendered facial features and coiffure.

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