Mask - Wood - Ngil - West Africa

Description
Mask - Wood - Ngil - West Africa
1st half 20th century - Good

The mask is made from wood and painted with kaolin. Is has a minimalistic design which is typical for these kind of masks.

The Fangs are in West-Africa a widespread ethnical group, that primarily live in Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and - in small groups - in southern Cameroon.
These masks were worn by members of the Ngil society at the initiation of new members and at the prosecution of criminals. In addition the wearers would thereby wear raffia costumes.

The mask is painted white, which represents the symbolism of the death and the power of the ancestors.

The mask has patine and is in used but decent condition (see pictures).

Lot details
Object
Mask
Ethnic group/ culture
Ngil
Region/ country
West Africa
Material
Wood
Period
1st half 20th century
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
12×23×52.5 cm
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