Called Byeri or Bieri, figures like these were guardians of the enshrined relics of important ancestors. Sitting on top of the containers, they were also consulted for aid and protection. They are notable for their child-like proportions contrasted with a muscular, poised vigilance.
Height 51 cm.
Heavy wood, beads, fabric aluminum, and red copper
Second half of the 20th century.
Nice condition; some Tribal repair and one ear partly broken