About this object

Seated male reliquary guardian figure holding a receptacle. Show wearing the Fang helmet headdresses Nlo-o-ngo. Brass studs for eyes. The dark patina suggests that this figure was consecrated with palm oil. This figure was purchased from the French dealer and art gallery owner Charles Ratton in 1967. Ratton has been described as belonging to the second generation of African Art connoisseurs and he held a prominent position among twentieth century promoters of "primitive art".

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Central Africa: Gabon
  • Date made
    1967 before
  • Materials
    Brass; Wood
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Charles Ratton, 1967
  • Collector
    Charles Ratton
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
    1867 before
  • Measurements
    570 mm x 180 mm x 160 mm
  • Note
    Stockbook: Carved Figure (Fang). Purchased from Charles Ratton, 14 Rue de Marignan, Paris 8e. Gallery, in 1967 by Richard Hutchings, Keeper of Ethnography, with War Damage Fund. Gallery Label: In one of the rituals of the byeri association, the young men being initiated were introduced to particular ancestors through their reliquary guardian figures. The introductions took the form of ritual theatre, with the figures used like puppets from behind a screen.
  • Related people
    Charles Ratton ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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