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Bieri (guardian figure) of carved hardwood with black oily patina, male bust with plain straight torso and arms akimbo on cylindrical base, fitting as stopper in cylindrical reliquary box of blackened bark, used to contain ancestral bones: Central Africa, Gabon, Middle Ogowe River, Fang people, late 19th to early 20th century
Ogowe River, Gabon, Central Africa
Late 19th - early 20th century
Hardwood, covered in a black oily patina; blackened bark with cane chain-stitch