Ngontang Helmet Mask ; Fang, Gabon.
8” x 8” x 15” tall
This mask was meant to depict a terrifying entity, and it was used in ceremonies that involved spectacular dances. ‘You can view the Ngil as agents of social control,’ explains the specialist. ‘In simple terms, the ceremonies mainly consisted of frightening those who had evil intentions. This mask was made to impress, and even now, so far removed in time and place from its origin, it still succeeds in doing that.’
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