Good condition, patina from use
Mask with good conservation and beautiful patina from use.
Country of origin: Equatorial Guinea/Gabon
Material: Wood, natural pigments and kaolin.
Surface appearance: patina from use
Apparent condition: very good state of conservation
Height (in cm): 20 x 14 cm
People who are called ¨Fang¨ constitute a vast mosaic of communities of the peoples, set out in a large area which includes Equatorial Guinea and almost all the North of Gabon, on the right bank of the Ogowe River. Historically the fangs were itinerant.
The whole of the fang people practice a cult dedicated to the ancestral lineages, the Bieri, whose objective is at the same time to protect themselves from the dead and to recruit them for help in the matters of daily life. This family cult does not monopolize the religious universe of the Fangs, it coexists with other beliefs and rituals of a more collective nature.
They used masks in their secret societies. The masks ngil (gorilla) were used by members of a male society of the same name during the initiation of new members and the prosecution of criminals. Masked men, dressed in costumes made of raffia with the assistance of helpers, would materialize in the village at night, illuminated by the light of torches. Fang masks, like those used by travelling troubadours and for hunting down and punishing sorcerers, are painted in white with facial features described in black. Typical are the figureheads of kaolin and with a face that was usually in the shape of a heart with a long, thin nose. Apparently, it has been linked with the dead and the ancestors, since white is their colour. The ngontang dance society also used white masks, sometimes in the form of a quadrangle helmet-mask with bulging forehead and eyebrows with heart shaped arches. The ngontang mask symbolizes a "white girl".
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