30.2/14.6 CM Bois soft, locally abraded grainy dry patina. The appearance of these kaolin-coated masks (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the male society ngil in northwestern Gabon, southern Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. 30.2/14.6 CM a. This secret society was in charge ofinitiations and fought against witchcraft.
The ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Theirintervention was also linked to the judicial function by identifying the culprits of the bad deeds within the village. African Art mask SELI GURO BAULE mask 876. African art Tribal Three Face Mask 976.
African art The GURO MASK handmade 735. African Art Urn African Akan Bronze Gold Weight Brass Benin 693. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks".
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