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.
- Half Figure (Nlo Byeri)
- Wood with oil
- 50.2 × 14.6 × 14.9 cm (19 3/4 × 5 3/4 × 5 7/8 in.)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Wielgus