Stunning, large vintage wood carved NGIL (gorilla) mask with beautiful aged patina. The heart shape face, prominent nose, high forehead and puckered mouth are typical features of these masks which were worn by the Ngil—a secret society banned by French colonial rulers in 1910—during initiations, ceremonies, and processions. The society’s name means “gorilla,” and the masks arched eyebrows and broad, rounded forehead may be meant to model the face of a gorilla. The white patina is significant as this is a color that the Fang associate with ancestral spirits, death, and male virility. A wonderful mask for your African art collection. Has rope for hanging in addition to an included custom mask stand.
Measures 24" H x 8 1/4” W
Place of origin: Gabon
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