FANG ART, Gabon

None of our Fang sculptures show signs of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

FANG
Bieri
Figures

FANG
Ngil
Masks 2

FANG
Bieri
Heads

FANG
Objects
Catalog

FANG
Bieri
Figures

FANG
Knife
Currencies

FANG
Bieri
Heads

FANG
Bieri
Figures

FANG
Objects
Catalog

FANG
Ngil Masks Archives


 

FANG
Bieri Figures

 

FANG
Bieri Figures

 



FANG
Helmet Masks

 

FANG
Posts

  Photographs © Hamill Gallery

Fang masks represents the spirit of an ancestor and were used for social control by Ngil, the judiciary association. The facial markings, abstract features and strong. elegant lines are typical of Fang masks, which were among the most influential on 20th C. modern art.

Fang figures, called Bieri, were guardians of the enshrined relics of important ancestors. Sitting on top of the containers, they were also consulted for aid and protection. They are notable for their child-like proportions contrasted with a muscular, poised vigilance.

Fang iron currency and other objects exhibit the traditional African ability to making everyday functional objects things of artistic merit.


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