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Large Fang Ngil mask (N° 21222)

A variant of the Ngil mask, this Fang mask of justice, with its alternating curves, offers more softness than usual, thanks also to its nose of low relief, and a narrow incised mouth. The Fang, formerly called Pahouins, are divided into several subsets in three countries, Cameroon, Gabon, and the mainland of Equatorial Guinea. Mainly hunters, they also practice agriculture. Their social cohesion is based on the Ngil and So societies.The ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The bearers of these masks, always in large numbers, made their appearance at night, lit by torches . Their intervention was also linked to the judicial function by designating the culprits of bad deeds in the village.
Cracks of desiccation. Velvety matt patina, grainy.  

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OriginEx-collection britannique
Height cm57
Width27 cm
Weight1.80 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxxème
Socle inclusOptional

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