SUPERB QUALITY FANG CROSSBOW W/ INTACT TRIGGER
Origin: Equatorial Africa, Gabon, Fang People
Period/Date: At least circa 1900, possibly 19th century
Materials: Hardwood, brass
Description: This is one of the highest quality examples we've seen yet. It is a sculptural marvel and from the right angle looks like some futuristic fighter plane. The crossbow is thousands of years old and the Fang People are among a handful of tribes to have used it in West Central Africa. Collectors will appreciate that it has its "original trigger lever" still intact, held in place by a copper or brass ring. Nine out of ten times the trigger mechanism is missing so that fact it is present is significant. It is most elegant and graceful having acquired a gorgeous honey color patina turning to red. The bent cross bar is held in place by old wooden shims. Its shows significant wear and use having acquired a rich deep patina. In very good condition. The right center part of the bow has some old resin which appears to be an indigenous repair to a surface crack. If you've ever thought about including one of these in your collection, this is the one to consider. Note: the stand photographed with the piece doesn't belong to it. A custom stand may be ordered for an additional fee, but keep in mind it could easily be displayed on the wall.
Dimensions: Height 39.5" (100 cm), Width 21.5" (52 cm)