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Are you interested in this item?This item is up for auction at Catawiki. Please click on "respond to advert" (orange button) to get redirected to the Catawiki website. Catawiki’s goal is to make special objects universally available. Our weekly auctions feature thousands of unusual, rare, and exceptional objects you won’t find in just any store. Provenance: ex – collection of Dr. Helmuth Zimmermann, greater Düsseldorf area. Collected by him on one of his hunting trips in the 1950s. Bought from his son.Apart from Ngontang, Bikereu and Ngil masks, the Fang have also produced and used so-called So masks which were danced in a society of the same name. This has been a more local tradition, especially in the Mekambo region, and not a cultural tradition that was current throughout the enormous area occupied by the Fang nation in three different countries.So, the red bush antelope, was the totem animal of certain Fang clans. Initiation into this society took place every three year and lasted for several months. The masks combine human and animal traits to underline the close relationship between man and beast. Now such masks have become very rare, as the So cult was discontinued a long time ago.Literature: Louis Perrois: Ancestral art of Gabon, Los Angeles, 1986, pp. 146 – 153. See especially Plate on p. 148 and drawing on p. 152.Dimensions: 84 x 22 x 15 cm.Region / People: The Fang of the Mekambo region of Gabon.Material: Light wood, probably of the Alstonia tree, called Ekuk by the Fang.Weight: 1.209 kg.For the original text from seller, set language on this site to: EnglishSold with written declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized in the material cultures of people living south of the Sahara. Sent by registered and insured mail. 22805135

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