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Fang Male Figure

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Fang beliefs honor the preeminence of clan elders and the vital powers of those now deceased. While the muscular, blackened Fang reliquary figures are well known, this pair, carved from a light wood and bearing traces of white kaolin, is slender and sticklike. The figures probably served as...

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Provenance

October 5, 1983, sold by Pace Primitive and Ancient Art, New York (stock no. 51-5878) to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1996, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 18, 1996)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Fang peoples, Gabon,

Dimensions

41.27 cm (16 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1996.372

Medium or Technique

Wood, pigments

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture