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Fang Ngil Mask

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Price:
$0.00
SKU:
Item 783 B
Weight:
8.00 LBS
Maximum Purchase:
1 unit(s)


Product Description

Under construction

 

African mask: During the 18th -19th centuries the Fang migrated from the northwest and today are scattered across Cameroon, Guinea and Gabon. Their social structure is based on the clan and family. Cohesion among the eighty or so Fang clans is maintained through powerful religious and judiciary societies called the So and Ngil. The large Ngil mask offered here were worn by members who acted as a policing power during the ceremonies and on occasion were worn by those who handed down the sentences of wrong doers. The French colonials banned use of these elongated masks following a series of ritual murders in 1910. Originally the Ngil mask featured a natural hardwood and white kaolin powder finish. As time passed the juducial functional role of the mask diminished but demand for the mask in collections and decorating circles increased. This new interest seemed to have brought out the best creative efforts from the carvers. The Ngil on display features traditional kaolin white that has been highlighted by an intricate showing of dark bark brown geometrical patterns. This is a beauty of a mask!

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