Superb old Fang mask with an elongated heart-shaped face painted half in white and half in brown
among the Fang such masks are identified with the Ngil society.
measures approx. :34" h by 12" w by 9" d
shows minor losses, and scratches due to age and use
amazing in person the pictures don't show the beauty of the mask .
The Fang people used masks in their secret societies. Members of this male society wore the Ngil masks during th
e initiation of new members and the persecution of wrongdoers. Masqueraders, clad in raffia costumes and attended by helpers, would materialize in the village after dark, illuminated by flickering torchlight. The Fang tribe are spread over a vast area along the Atlantic coast line of equatorial Africa and can be found in Cameroon equatorial Guinea and Gabon namely along the bank of the Ogowe river.
African Mask from the Fang Tribe of Gabon were worn worn by spiritual leaders during rituals to ward off evil spirits, or as symbols depicting wealth and prosperity. Hand made from wood
Fang masks such as these and other African tribal art were some of Pablo Picasso's inspiration for much of his work in Cubism.