Ngil Justice Mask - FANG - Gabon
Provenance: private collection, Belgium.
Dimensions: 61 x 25 cm.
Materials: wood, kaolin.
Certificate of authenticity: included.
Among the Fang, the enforcement of social order was ensured through the intermediary of masks like this one.
In the Ngil society, the great initiate (Ngang), assisted by his officiants, crossed the villages, hidden behind an elongated mask, covered with a thick layer of kaolin.
The wearers of this mask, hidden in their raffia clothing, would appear in the village at night, holding lightening torches in their hands.
Their purpose was to track down trouble-makers, starting by those responsible of suspicious deaths.
Their action mainly aimed persons guilty of witchcraft or criminals.
Once the culprit identified, he could be punished to death.
The mouth is wide, the curved face is encrusted with white. The perforations on the border of the backside of the mask served to attach the raffia hairstyle which would hide the wearer. Kaolin covers the entire mask.
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- Máscara ngil de la justicia
- Región / país
- 1ª mitad siglo XX
- Vintage - usado con señales de desgaste
- Se vende con soporte
- 61×25×0 cm