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Fang mask (N° 22705)
African art among the Fang.
Formerly called Pahouins, the Fang constitute a very large ethnic group settled, following migrations, in Central Africa, in the three republics of Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon.
In the shape of a barrel, this mask offers four scarified faces, endowed with stylized human features, and eyebrows in continuous perforations.
Linked to ancestor worship, the Byéri, this mask was responsible for discerning troublemakers, especially sorcerers. It comes out these days for entertainment parties. He now also appears at parties, funerals, baby showers, and on the occasion of an important decision within the village. It was also worn by Fang Okak and Ntoumou, Ntumu men from Equatorial Guinea during a dance associated with the Byeri cult. It sometimes presents up to six faces.
Two-tone satin patina, desiccation cracks and restoration using wicker fibers.
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