Fang-Ngumba Female Reliquary Figure, Southern Cameroon/Northern Gabon

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Lot 326
Fang-Ngumba Female Reliquary Figure, Southern Cameroon/Northern Gabon

Sold for US$ 15,000 inc. premium
Fang-Ngumba Female Reliquary Figure, Southern Cameroon/Northern Gabon
height 16 1/2in (42cm)
bieri, seated erect with her head slightly cocked and a nail inset into the top of her forehead, her hands resting softly on her knees and wearing multiple metal rings on each forearm; the fragmentary feet pierced through both ankles and bound with a braided rope of hair, a large fetish cavity at her stomach with an inset nail, the spherical head with an oval mouth with iron plugs framed by strips of inset copper, the eyes raised and inset with circular tacks in deeply carved sockets below the striated coiffure cascading gracefully down the back; rich and varied encrusted dark brown and black patina.

Provenance:
Guy Piazzini
Helen and Robert Kuhn (Sotheby's, New York, November 1991)
Private American Collection

Published:
Robbins and Nooter, African Art in American Collections, 1989, figure 847
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