Fang Tribe Wooden Figure ~25.2" Tall (New 2024) - West African Artifacts

African Angel ArtsSKU: AA03135

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Dimensions: H:25.2" W:5.9" L:6.3" Weight: 4 lbs.

Fang Tribe Wooden Figure

The Fang tribe, predominantly found in regions of Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and southern Cameroon, is renowned for its distinctive wooden sculptures. These artworks, often created as guardian figures serve both religious and protective purposes. The sculptures are typically characterized by their stylized human features, with large heads, elongated torsos, and a balance of abstract and realistic elements. They are designed to guard ancestral relics, often stored in specially crafted containers. The artistry of Fang wooden sculptures reflects the tribe's spiritual beliefs, honoring ancestors and ensuring their protection and blessings over the living.

About the Tribe

The Fang tribe also spelled Fãn is a Bantu-speaking ethnic group living in the forests south of the Sanaga River at the southernmost tip of Cameroon, the mainland of Equatorial Guinea, and the forests south of the Ogooué River estuary in northern Gabon. They often retain the bones and skulls of their ancestors because they believe that these skeletal remains are still in power. This power is extremely powerful in the tribe's daily activities and important moments such as initiation rites, or in cases of conflict or death, or for advice on more mundane matters such as hunting or fishing. The Fang referred to this practice as bieri, and they usually kept only male ancestor relics in the bark containers.

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