Ngon-Tang mask

Type: mask
Exhibits: Ancestor Cult
Tribes: Fang peoples
Location: Estuaire region, North Gabon
Period: 20th Century
Materials: Bark, Pigments, White Kaolin

A fine reproduction of Ngon-Tang mask, its famous original was formerly held in the collections of Maurice de Vlaminck and Andre Derain .This lovely Ngon-Tang (“young white woman") mask is designed with an oval face, a curved forehead and cheeks, a long narrow nose, a small mouth with thin pouting lips, and narrow suspicious eyes. In its perfect form, this mask was used in the Ngon-Tang dance, in order to hunt out witch doctors or cure illness. The mask is decorated with a fine frieze and alternate black and white triangles, enhancing its beauty. Traces of whitish clay coating, which represent death - the color of the ancestors - are evident. 


L. Perrois, Fang, 2006, p.46, pl.51; A. LaGamma, Eternal Ancestors, 2007, pp. 4-7

Ngon-Tang mask
Ngon-Tang mask
Ngon-Tang mask
Ngon-Tang mask