Fang Mask - Painted
These masks originate from Cameroon / Gabon and are made from wood, kaolin.
The Fang Tribe are famous for the great refinement of their masks, which display an austere simplicity of form. They are mainly used in the enforcement of law. The use of black to highlight the fine features is typical. The passport masks were used to show which tribe they belonged to. The smaller ones were carried in their pocket and the larger ones were put outside their home.
These masks come on a stand are are 70-75cms tall.