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Fang Mask (N° 25642)

It was on the eve of the ceremonies that this type of African mask with a severe face, intended to unmask sorcerers, was sculpted. Accompanied by words, gestures, dances and sacrifices, he also intervened during initiations out of sight of lay people. Velvety matte patina. Erosions, gaps.
Among the Fang, established in a region extending from Yaoundé in Cameroon to Ogooué in Gabon, the appearance of these masks generally coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of the ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause fear. This type of mask was used by the Ngil religious and judicial male society which no longer exists today. This secret society was responsible for initiations and fought against witchcraft. The ngil was a rite of purifying fire symbolized by the gorilla. Guarantor of peace, he also fixed the seasons, the location where villages were to be established, and the conditions for exploiting agricultural land.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyFang
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood
Height cm45
Width25 cm
Weight0.75 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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