H: 59 cm (1' 11")
Southern Cameroon, 19th - early 20th century
This type of Fang statue displays the typical style of the area around Bipindl, Lolodorf, where the German botanist Zenker, founder of the city of Yaoundé, once lived on a coffee plantation. The dark brown color was created by the smoke from the fire in the mask house and the anointing with palm oil. The carved stick at the buttocks was used to fix the figure onto the bark container with the relics of the ancestors. A protective amulet "Gri-gri" is located around the neck on a twisted fiber cord. The right hand from the elbow is missing.
Provenance: Josef F. Vesely (1900 - 1987)
Estimate: € 8000 - 10000