This mask comes from an ancient Fang tradition.
The ‘Ngil’ was a society (as in a group of people) with a judicial purpose. Its aim was to find and incapacitate beyem sorcerers carrying an evil spirit.
The initiation to the ‘Ngil’ included:
a preliminary physical and moral purification;
confession of crimes and/or violations of prohibitions;
the presentation of ancestors’ relics (byeri);
It was a symbolic transition from the androgynous state to adulthood, when one is sexually defined. The sacred place of the ‘Ngil’ was a clearing in the bush, with a triangular shape, called ‘esam’, with large recumbent figures made of wet soil, in a vaguely human shape, representing the ‘Ngil’ and his wife.
- Total nr of items
- Indigenous object name
- Fang Ngil
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- 2nd half 20th century
- Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 38×17×13 cm
- 1.5 kg