FANG FIGURE 16


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FANG
RELIQUARY GUARDIAN FIGURE 16
12" ( figure 4.5" ) high
$400

This figure shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.

Called Bieri, these figures were guardians of the enshrined relics of important ancestors. Sitting on top of the containers, they were also consulted for aid and protection. They are notable for their child-like proportions contrasted with a muscular, poised vigilance.

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