Figure of a reliquary guardian (Eyema Byeri) restored in origin (Gabon). It was already restored by the Fang people when it arrived in Europe. Craft restoration, with clay from the area.
Elegant male ancestral figure with fine details on the face and the body. Hairstyle with the typical Ntumu trilobes of plaited hair. Bulging forehead, slanting eyes, small nose and low mouth. The body has a youthful muscle structure. The hands are holding what looks like a symbolic libation cup. The pin to insert the figure into the barkbox or nsekh is still present. With a dark opaque patina. It is believed that the gaze gave Eyema the power to detect criminals, allowing the ancestral figure to play a judicial role in the hands of his caretaker. A very classic guardian with the ancestral remains of the clan. It has a great look and a forbidden appearance.
Literature: Yves le Fur (publisher): Les Forêts Natales, Paris, 2017, pp. 178 ff.
Tribe / Region: The Ntumu live in the N.W. of Gabon and adjacent parts of Equatorial Guinea and S. Cameroon.
Material: hardwood with a patina of oil, resin and charcoal
- RELICARE GUARDIAN
- MALE EYEMA BYERI
- 狀況良好 - 已修復
- 55×16×15 cm