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Half Figure (Nlo Byeri)

A work made of wood with oil.

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  • A work made of wood with oil.

Date:

Late 19th/early 20th century

Artist:

Fang
Gabon
Central Africa

About this artwork

Among the Fang people, figures that serve as guardians of ancestral remains often conflate features of infants and the elderly, combining the wide-eyed stare and rounded arms and hands of a child with the sunken cheeks and drawn mouth of an old man. These visual oppositions infuse a figure with the vitality and animation that are crucial to its ongoing role as an intermediary with the ancestors.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Culture

Fang

Title

Half Figure (Nlo Byeri)

Origin

Gabon

Date

1875–1925

Medium

Wood with oil

Dimensions

50.2 × 14.6 × 14.9 cm (19 3/4 × 5 3/4 × 5 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Wielgus

Reference Number

1958.302

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