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Fang mask with horns (N° 21219)

It was during the initiation of young people among the Fang and Ntumu of southern Cameroon, during the ceremonies of the so or red antelope, that this anthropozoomorphic African mask with removable horns was exhibited. The gaze formed by two thin horizontal slits sheltered under a protruding forehead, the grimace of a prognathic mouth, the contrast of colors,did not fail, during the nocturnal appearances of the Fang mask, to provoke a certain emotion in the initiates. Erosions and xylophagous attacks now stopped. The Fang, formerly called Pahouin, are divided into several subsets in three countries, Cameroon, Gabon, and the mainland of Equatorial Guinea. Mainly hunters, they also practice agriculture. Their social cohesion is based on the Ngil and So societies.The ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The bearers of these masks, always in large numbers, made their appearance at night, lit by torches . Their intervention was also linked to the judicial function by designating the culprits of bad deeds in the village.
 

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OriginRécolté in-situ 1999
EthnyFang
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood
Height cm60
Width23 cm
Weight0.70 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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