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Ngil's Fang Mask (N° 19290)
Rituals of justice and African masks Fang.
Ample concave orbits under a high rounded forehead, imposing olfactory organ, simple incision indicating the mouth discreetly housed in the end of the chin, for this fang mask that has helped to inspire modern artists. Powdery matte patina.
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ngil in northwestern Gabon, southern Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft.
The ngil was a rite of purifying fire symbolized by the gorilla.
The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, illuminated by torches. Their intervention was also linked to the judicial function by pointing out the culprits of bad deeds within the village. The Fang ethnic group, established in a region stretching from Yaoundé in Cameroon to Ogooué in Gabon, never had political unity. Clan cohesion was maintained through religious and judicial associations such as the so and ngil.
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