Male Reliquary Guardian Figure (Fang peoples)—video

Reliquary Guardian Figure (Eyema-o-Byeri), Gabon, Fang peoples, mid 18th to mid 19th century, wood and iron, 58.4 cm high (Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York)

These figures look calm and contemplative, but also display real strength and vitality in their muscular forms.

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This object at the Brooklyn Museum

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Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Peri Klemm, "Male Reliquary Guardian Figure (Fang peoples)—video," in Smarthistory, August 9, 2015, accessed December 7, 2023,