Masks

Fang Mask

Fang Mask

Country of origin
Gabon
Description
The Fang people migrated from the north-west during the 18th and 19th centuries and today are scattered across central Africa in southern Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Fang social structure is based upon the clan (a group with a common ancestor) and on the family. Fang masks are connected with an association known as ngil, which existed over and above the clan, wielding political and judicial power in all the southern parts of Fang territory. The masters of the ngil travelled from village to village, their role well recognised as adjudicators and peace-keepers. They were considered particularly useful in combating sorcery and evil practices and adjudicating conflict between rival clans. The understated beauty of these masks, with their simple shape has long fascinated collectors. Seen without their fibre ruff and dancers
Dimensions & Weight
44cm high, 21cm wide, 15cm deep