Fang (Fan, Mpangwe,
Pahuin, Pamue, Pangwe), Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon
The Fang number 800,000 and constitute a vast
mosaic of village communities, established in a large zone of Atlantic equatorial Africa
comprising Cameroon, continental Equatorial Guinea and nearly the whole north of Gabon.
Historically the Fang were itinerant, and it is relatively recently that they have settled
into this broad area. Their
social structure is based on a clan, a group of individuals with a common ancestor, and on
the family. No
precise information is available concerning the function of this mask. Apparently, it is
a ngontang mask which symbolizes a young white girl.
Size: 17½x 6x 5