About This Item
6.5 Inches Tall
3.75 Inches Across
1.75 Inches Deep
Materials: Handcarved Wood, Kaolin Paint
Some masks may show heavy patina, sometimes including African repairs. You will receive this exact mask.
Fang masks like this one were originally used by the Ngil society in Cameroon, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea. Fang masks were one of the African art forms that inspired Pablo Picasso's work in Cubism.
Traditional Ngil masks were used by officials during the persecution of criminals as well as during the initiation ceremonies of young men. Ngil masks were banned by French colonialists in 1910, however the masks have returned in various forms.
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