Humblet Art Dealer Collection of African Tribal Art Fang
Of an unusual structure thanks to the eccentric volume of the upper part of the face, this African mask framed by marked ears offers a striking appearance. Two-tone matt patina. Minor abrasions and cracks.
This type of mask was used by the ngil male society that no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. The bearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Their intervention was also linked to the judicial function by pointing out the culprits of bad actions within the village. The Fang ethnic group, established in a region stretching from Yaoundé in Cameroon to Ogooué in Gabon, has never had political unity. Clan cohesion was maintained through religious and judicial associations such as so and ngil.  

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OriginCollection marchand d'art Humblet
EthnyFang
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood
Height cm39
Width23 cm
Weight1.00 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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