Unique Spotted Fang Mask 14″ – Gabon – African Art

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This mask was carved in the style of the Fang people of Gabon. The mask was painted with earth colored spots, an unusual feature. It measures 14 inches tall and weighs 3 pounds. There are natural wood knots and some cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos. Stand not included.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

Gabon

Ethnicity

Fang

Material

Wood & pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

14"

Width (Inches)

6"

Depth (Inches)

7.25"

Weight (Pounds)

3 lbs

Overall Condition

Wood knots, cracking and wear and tear

Tribe Information

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Tribe Information

About the Fang People

“Fang tribespeople migrated from the north-west during the 18th and 19th centuries and are today scattered across southern Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. They are principally hunters, but also farm. Fang social structure is based on the clan, a group of individuals with a common ancestor, and on the family. They also maintain tribal cohesion through the So and Gil societies. Each family possessed a Byeri, or reliquary box, in which the bones of famous ancestors were kept. The box was kept by the Esa, the eldest man in the family. “

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.