Mask (1) - Wood - Fang Ngil - Fang - Gabon

Description
Mask (1) - Wood - Fang Ngil - Fang - Gabon
2nd half 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

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;
flagellation;
confession of crimes and/or violations of prohibitions;
an ordeal;
the presentation of ancestors’ relics (byeri);
sacrifices.
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.

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Mask
Indigenous object name
Fang Ngil
Ethnic group/ culture
Fang
Region/ country
Gabon
Material
Wood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
Yes
Dimensions
38×17×13 cm
Weight
1.5 kg
Not registered yet?
By creating your free Catawiki account, you’ll be able to bid on any of our 50,000 special objects up for auction every week.
or Sign in