On offer from our personal collection is this superb old Byeri figure from the Fang peoples of Gabon. Such reliquary figures are intended to guard the relics of tribal ancestors, & are placed atop the containers housing the revered ancestral relics. The "stem" supporting & protruding from the figure's buttocks is used to help secure the statue by inserting it into the lid of the Byeri box.
Beautifully carved classic features characterize this sensitive sculpture. The male figure is presenting an offertory cup, supported by both hands. Flat discs are set in place for his eyes, a technique often used by the Fang.
Overall condition: good; basic wear & tear, dry age-cracks, chips to the feet. The figure is blessed with one of the most gorgeous, richly patinated surfaces we've ever seen. Wonderful display.