The particular interest of this magnificent Fang spoon lies on the one hand in the very finely carved miniature face which adorns the top of the handle, and, on the other hand, with the monoxylous Janus figure (two figures back to back, a male, with a well indicated sex, and a female) inside the handle. This Janus figure appears to have been installed in a sort of ‘naos’, a sacred place par excellence. The proportions and volumes of the miniature Janus figure inside the handle evokes the work of the Fang Betsi of northern Gabon, which is fully consistent with the carving style of the small outer face.
Louis Perrois, 2014
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