Fang, Cameroon / Equatorial Guinea / Gabon
Wood, kaolin pigment, iron
Late 19th/early 20th century
Known as warriors, the Fang possessed shields, lances, spears, short swords, and battle axes. They also used crossbows, but mainly only for hunting. The Fang didn't use throwing knives, as they considered them curiosities or relics from another era. As for battle axes (like this piece), it is apparent that the Fang discontinued their use earlier than other knife types, evinced by how much more rare thay are in museums and private collections (Elsen, De fer et de fierté, 2003).
Mounted on a custom display stand (not pictured).
19.25 in :: 49 cm
Inventory # 10292