(Fan, Mpangwe, Pahuin, Pamue, Pangwe), Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon
Ngil mask. The territory covered by the
Fang extends from the south-west Cameroon to the Ogooue River in Gabon and includes Equatorial
Guinea. The art of the Fang, who live in dark, forested areas, is one of the most peaceful
and expressive to be found. Among the Fang the ancestor was the axis of society, guardian
of the living world and the life to come. The Fang used masks in the ngil secret society. This mask presents a mixture
of human and animal features what is rather rare for the Fang. The white color suggests
that it was used to evoke the spirits of the dead and to enlist their help in dealing with
the problems of the living. We do not know the specific function of the mask.
Size: H. 16, W. 8, D.