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Primitive Money – Iron, Wood – Fang – Gabon


Object Primitive Money
Ethnic group: Fang
Country: Gabon
Material: Wood
Period:  Mid 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 50x24x6 cm
Weight: 600 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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SKU: 18.73 Category: Tags: , , ,

Very Interesting piece from the Fang people of Gabon. These “primitive” monies were both aesthetic and functional, and were used to buy everyday items as food, cloth, and tools as well as major life transactions: the purchase of land, livestock, and brides.
Powerful wooden Fang Byeri figure on top of the item. Fang Byeri figures are usually characterized as a seated male figure. He has bent legs and an elongated torso, The Fang occupy such a large geographical area that numerous sub-styles have emerged. The great majority of FANG wood sculptures were related to the cult of the Byeri.
Good condition with traces of wear and tear and a good patina.