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Fang Ngontang helmet mask (N° 20864)

The remarkable Fang sculptors and blacksmiths in African art .

This helmet mask is topped with elements associated with traditional headdresses between which heads are carved, while faces alternate on the walls of the mask. Geometric patterns are hollowed out, arranged in plastrons under the faces. Abrasions and desiccation cracks.
This variant of Fang masks is known as Ngontang (or Ngontanga), "the figure of the white man's daughter" . Appearing in the 1920s, it represents the spirits of the dead visiting in the form of a young white woman from the afterlife and was used to locate witch doctors and those who abuse spiritual powers. These masks are now also brought out for celebrations, funerals, birthdays, and for important decisions in the village. It was also worn by the Fang Okak and Ntoumou men, Ntumu, from Equatorial Guinea during a dance associated with the cult of Byeri. It sometimes has up to six faces.

Ref : "Art of Equatorial Guinea" Perrois and Delage, ed. Rizzoli.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyFang
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height45
Width26
Weight5.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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