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Fang Mask (N° 25327)

Rituals of justice and African masks Fang.
A triple rib shares the forehead of this mask, extending over the bridge of the nose. The eyelids and the philtrum surmounting the projection of pursed lips are hatched, accentuating the solemn aspect of the face.

Dense wood, dry abraded patina. Cracks of desiccation, erosions.
The appearance of these masks coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of the ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the male ngil society in northwestern Gabon, southern Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft.
Semi-matte two-tone patina. Abrasions.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyFang
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood
Height cm53
Width21 cm
Weight0.98 Kg

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