See Perrois, L., La statuaire Fan, Gabon, Paris, 1972, pl.144, p.304 for a similar example.
According to Louis Perrois, Mvaï ancestor figures, usually male, are easily recognizable: a rather stocky body with barrel-shaped abdomen, the arms held close to the sides with the hands joined at the base of the chest, the head always striking with its perfectly rounded forehead crowned with a typical coiffure with three large triangular striated plaits.
The mass of the thighs resting on a retaining post (which would have been inserted and fixed by fiber or leather ties to the cover of the bark reliquary box which contained the ancestral skulls nsekh-byeri), is of classic Fang form with its slanting curvilinear thighs and thick exaggerated calves with angular forms. The semi-seated pose of the figure confers a feeling of tension and power which refers to its role as the supernatural guardian of the lineage relics.
The two original carvings in this "style" are illustrated and named as such by G. Tessman in Die Pangwe vol.II, fig.44.