African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Fang mask
In the category of great African masks, the Fang masks of Gabon, usually coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of the ancestors), intervened in the middle of the night, their appearance arousing fright. They were used by the male society ngil which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft.
The ngil consisted of a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla.
Velvety matte patina, golden.
The Fang,formerly called Pahouin, are divided into several subsets in three countries, Cameroon, Gabn, and the mainland of Equatorial Guinea. Mainly hunters, they also practice agriculture.
The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, made their appearance at night, lit by torches. Their intervention was ...