Medium: One of a Kind Hand Carved Wood Dimensions: Height: 1 foot/12 inches, 30 centimeters Length: 9 inches, 23 centimeters Region: Cameroon, Central Africa Tribe: Fang Tribe Approximate Age: 32 years (1990) Availability: In Stock, Available to Ship Immediately Item Number: M023 Collection: Tribal Masks Tear Sheet: Available Upon Request Provenance Report: "Fang Mask" Condition: Excellent; Not previously owned; Undamaged Sourcing: Fair Trade Certificate of Authenticity Provided Custom-made mask stand included with your purchase. Can be hung directly on the wall as well
This mask is worn by spiritual leaders during rituals to drive away evil spirits or as a symbol depicting wealth and prosperity. The Fang people also used masks in their secret societies. Members of the male society wore the Ngil masks during the initiation of new members and the persecution of wrongdoers. Masqueraders, clad in raffia costumes along with helpers, would materialize in the village after dark, and each of the maskers would bear a torchlight.
Fang masks were acquired and relished by modernist artists such as Picasso and Matisse. The African pieces, Picasso said, helped him to understand his purpose as a painter, which was not to entertain with decorative images, but to meditate between perceived reality and the creativity of the human mind--to be freed or "exorcised" from fear of the unknown by giving form to it.
This lightweight mask can be easily mounted to the wall or mounted on a custom made mask stand that is included with your purchase.
This unique piece was hand made by the Fang people of Cameroon. No factories or machinery was involved in the production process, only artisans and hand tools with painstaking detail and precision. This piece is made out of natural materials and is free from any fillers, dyes, stains, or varnishes. There is ONLY ONE piece in existence--truly one of a kind.
Some more information about York's Shona Gallery: • We are based in New York City and opened NYC's first African art gallery in 1985 • Family and Minority Owned & Operated • Each Purchase Supports Tribes in Africa
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