FANG NGONTANG HELMET MASKS

  FANG
Helmet Mask 1
12" high
$500 

   FANG
Helmet Mask 2
9.75" high
$300 

  FANG
Helmet Mask 3
11" high
$300  


  FANG
Helmet Mask 4
8.5" high
$300 

   FANG
Helmet Mask 5
11.5" high
$500 

  FANG
Helmet Mask 6
7.5" high
$300  


  FANG
Helmet Mask 7
11" high
$300 

   FANG
Helmet Mask 8
16.5" high
$500 

  FANG
Helmet Mask 9
8" high
$400  

Photographs © Tim Hamill

FANG NGONTANG HELMET MASKS, Gabon

Helmet masks like these, with Janus or multiple faces, were worn over the head, or, if too small, on top of the head. Originally called mfulenkakh, they are now known as ngontang. Their role was to discover and combat sorcery. After 1950 they became less impressive artistically and less important culturally.

There is an excellent article on Fang masks in the Autumn/Winter issue of Tribal Art.

Despite their appearance these helmet masks show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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