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Male Face Mask

Among the Fang and many other African peoples, the spirits of the dead are associated with the color white. Ngon ntang masks (the term means "head of the, white young girl") are wom by men in dances, connected to the Byeri ancestor cult in which they are used to portray the spirits of dead maidens.

This style or type of mask is recognized as one of the African sculptures that most influenced European artists at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Catalogue Description:
Colored male face mask with carved coiffure, scalloped design above forehead, small pierced eyes, simple flat curved nose, and carved teeth. Much of white clay pigment has been abraded.


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