Lot: 180

Anthropomorphic mask

Gabon, Fang / Nzebi

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Christian Duponcheel, Pietrebais, Belgium
Lucien van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium
Hendrik Elias, Wieze, Belgium (1992)
Joseph Christiaens, Brussels, Belgium (1998)
Alfons Bermel, Obersteinbach, France
Zemanek-Münster, 5 March 2011, Lot 302
French Private Collection
H: 25.6 inch;
B: 11.4 inch
12000 EUR / 15000 EUR

wood, kaolin, rep. The Fang mainly live in northern and western Gabon, in Equatorial Guinea (Rio Muni) and in southern Cameroon. The white face paint reminds of the power of the ancestors and may be a hint that the the mask represents the spirit of a deceased.


Siroto, Leon, East of the Atlantic West of the Congo, San Francisco 1995, p. 50
De Buck, Jo, "Hendrik Elias Legacy Archives", Brussels 2018, p. 15, ill. 5