About this Piece and its Provenance. Its provenance is as follows: this piece was originally acquired by an avid collector of ethnographic antiquities in the 1970s, and was held as part of a large private collection in the Southeastern United States, unseen by the public eye. The collection has since been divided as part of a divorce estate proceeding by the owner.
This piece remained in the collector's estate until circa 2011; Since that time, it has been held as part of the Tibiwinston, Ltd. This piece has been exhibited twice in the past year in Georgia and South Carolina, and can be most recently found in the catalog for the "Out of Africa" exhibit at the South Carolina Arts and Heritage Center (North Augusta, SC; June 6-August 19, 2016) For more information about it's most recent exhibition, refer to The Aiken Standard newspaper article of the same date: North Augusta Center hosts Out of Africa. Dimensions: 22" tall x 1" deep x 12 wide.This door is well carved and depicts four male tribesmen, probably signaling protection of the contents behind the door. Are principally hunters but also agriculturists.
Their social structure is based on a clan, a group of individuals with a common ancestor. The ensemble of Fang peoples practice a cult devoted to ancestor lineages, the bieri, whose aim is to both protect themselves from the deceased and to recruit and aid in matters of daily life. This familial cult does not monopolize the Fangs religious universe, for it coexists with other beliefs and rituals of a more collective character. The bieri, gave rise to remarkable wooden sculpture. The bieri, or ancestor figure, would be consulted when the village was to change location, or when a new crop was planted, during a palaver, or before going hunting, fishing, or to war.
But once separated from the reliquary chest, the sculpted object would lose its sacred value and could be destroyed. The ritual consisted of prayers, libations, and sacrifices offered to the ancestor, whose scull would be rubbed with powder and paint each time. With its large head, long body, and short extremities, the Fang bieri had the proportion of a newborn, thus emphasizing the groups continuity with its ancestor and with the three classes of the society: the not-yet-born, the living, and the dead.The relics were essentially skull fragments, or sometimes complete skulls, jawbones, teeth and small bones. The bieri also served for therapeutic rituals and, above all, for the initiation of young males during the great. 2064 Fine African Tribal Art, Fang Granary Shutter Door Carving (Gabon)" is in sale since Monday, May 22, 2017.
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