An Ntem River Valley Master. <em>Reliquary Guardian Figure (Eyema-o-Byeri)</em>, mid–18th to mid–19th century. Wood, iron, 23 × 5 3/4 × 5 in. (58.4 × 14.6 × 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 51.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 51.3_overall_PS9.jpg)

Reliquary Guardian Figure (Eyema-o-Byeri)

Artist:An Ntem River Valley MasterFang

Medium: Wood, iron

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:mid–18th to mid–19th century

Dimensions: 23 × 5 3/4 × 5 in. (58.4 × 14.6 × 12.7 cm)



Accession Number: 51.3

Image: 51.3_overall_PS9.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
The object is a male ancestor figure carved from a single piece of wood wearing a thick copper alloy necklace. The figure was probably attached to a skull basket that was used in connection with ancestor worship. The object is in fair condition. It has several deep splits. One particular split runs from the left side of the buttock, up the spine, over the head, and into the forehead. There is another deep split on the back side of the head. The front half of the proper right foot is missing. From an unknown cause, dry-rot settled on the bottom of the figure under the seat. The original surface is gone leaving a concave depression. The object was fumigated with carbon tetrachloride; the hole was filled with gesso, retouched, and waxed.

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