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HELMET MASK with four FACES called "Ngontang"
Culture Fang, Gabon
Second half of the 20th century
Wood and pigments
H .: 130 cm
(crack and old restoration)
Helmet mask depicting four anthropomorphic faces. They all have the same expression: the eyes are incised in two short horizontal slits, the mouth is cut into a square, the nose is slender, interspersed with eyebrow arches forming a stylized heart with the lower part of the face oval. The nasal bridge continues to the forehead. The hair is delimited in a step of material. Thus the mask appears quadrilobed.
The cut decoration is underlined with pigments. Kaolin white for the mask and blackened details such as the chin line, nose or browbones.
The lower edge of the mask is perforated with small holes which once allowed plant fibers to be attached to it, making it possible to hide the body.
This mask danced during initiation rites.
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