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Fang / Tsogho du Ngil Mask (N° 18029)

An expression of the link between the living and the dead, this exceptional Fang mask, popular with collectors, is distinguished by a short nose with a rounded tip, like the reliquary statues of the Byeri. The headdress is divided into three tubular shells, two of which are facing outwards. This type of hairstyle has been attributed to the Tsogho/Fang by Peter Stephan The icons of the Bwiti B. Goy). The volumes are highlighted with blackened grooves evoking tribal tattoos. Honey-coloured wood encrusted locally with a thick residual layer of kaolin. Scattered erosions.
The appearance of these masks, usually coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was 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 was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Their intervention was also linked to the judicial function by identifying the culprits of the bad deeds within the village. The Fang ethnic group, established in a region stretching from Yaounde in Cameroon to Ogooué in Gabon, has never had political unity. Clan cohesion was maintained through religious and judicial associations such as so and ngil .  

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Originex-collection Mercier
Weight1.04 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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