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Fang hem mask (N° 13159)
African art among the Fang.
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The walls of this tribal heaum mask, sculpted by the Fang ethnic group, are decorated with four similar bas-relief faces. At the top, a cruciform ridge refers to the crest hairstyle worn by the Fang, and a central opening used to insert large feathers. Punctures were made to secure the accompanying raffia collar. Linked to the cult of ancestors, the Byery, this mask was responsible for discerning troublemakers, especially sorcerers. He's coming out these days for entertainment parties.
Patine mate, abraded wood, cracked. Incisions forming geometric patterns remain weakly distinct. Formerly known as Pahouins, the Fangs form a very large ethnic group established, following migrations, in Central Africa, in the three republics of Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon. Among their rites, the cult of the " bwiti " borrowed from the Tsogho , a mixture of ancestor worship and Christianity, dances, including that of ngontang society using masks, the matrimonial regime of exogamia which consists of necessarily look for your husband or wife outside of your own clan.
These cultural peculiarities radically characterize the Fang culture in the Bantu era that it has invaded since the 15th and 16th centuries.
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|Origin||Ex collection suisse|
|Estimated dating||circa 1970|
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