FANG NGIL JUSTICE MASK-55.5/13.8 CM. In traditional Fang culture in Gabon, policing was provided through masks such as this one.
In the Ngil society, the great initiate (Ngang) helped by his officiants, roamed the villages concealed under a traditional mask lengthened and covered with a thick layer of kaolin as seen here. The mask wearers, hidden in their raffia costumes, appeared in the village at nightfall, flashing torches in their hands. Very nice African art object for collectors. An original patina covers the item.
Their goal was to track down troublemakers to start with the suspicious death officers. Their action was aimed primarily at individuals guilty of witchcraft or criminals. Once the culprit was identified, he could be punished with death. The mouth is wide, the curved face inlaid with white.
The perforations around the back of the mask served to fix a raffia cap that masked the wearer. Beautiful patina and beautiful quality of wood. African tribal mask African Tribal Art DAN MASK, CÔTE D'IVOIRE-31.5/13.2 CM 1851. Authentic Antique Hand Vintage African Guro mask Sculpture 1582. African Mask African Tribal Ceremonial Mask, DAN MASK MINIATURE-1868.
African Tribal Art Wooden Carved Tribal African Gouro Gyela mask-1439. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks". The seller is "naga_4823" and is located in this country: US.
This item can be shipped to Canada.