Fang Tribe Beaded Mask ~14.2" Tall (New 2024) - West African Artifacts

African Angel ArtsSKU: AA03044

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Dimensions: H:14.2" W:3.5" L:8.3" Weight: 2.9 lbs.

Fang Tribe Beaded Mask

These masks are an important cultural artifact among the Fang people, who reside primarily in Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and southern Cameroon. They play a significant role in their ceremonial and artistic traditions. Beaded masks are used in various ceremonies, including rites of passage, initiation ceremonies, and rituals to honor ancestors. They are integral to the spiritual life of the Fang community. Fang beaded masks typically feature detailed and colorful beadwork that forms intricate patterns. The designs often include geometric shapes and symbolic motifs that hold cultural meanings. These masks serve as a strong symbol of the Fang people's cultural identity and heritage, reflecting their artistic traditions and societal values.

About the Tribe

The Fang tribe also spelled Fãn is a Bantu-speaking ethnic group living in the forests south of the Sanaga River at the southernmost tip of Cameroon, the mainland of Equatorial Guinea, and the forests south of the Ogooué River estuary in northern Gabon. They often retain the bones and skulls of their ancestors because they believe that these skeletal remains are still in power. This power is extremely powerful in the tribe's daily activities and important moments such as initiation rites, or in cases of conflict or death, or for advice on more mundane matters such as hunting or fishing. The Fang referred to this practice as bieri, and they usually kept only male ancestor relics in the bark containers.

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