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Sublime Ngontang Dancemask – Fang – Gabon

Lot reference 22189915
Sublime Ngontang Dancemask – Fang – Gabon

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In very fine state. Dates back to the 1930 – 1940 period.

Provenance: Collected in situ by Dr. Helmuth Zimmermann, greater Düsseldorf, Germany, on one of his hunting trips in the area in the 1950s.

Helmet masks of the Ngontang model showing four faces of this size and quality are hard to come by. This item has all the classical features of a genuine Fang multi – headed helmet mask. The exact meaning of these four faces is not clear. The fact that they are white points towards spiritual beings in the world of the dead. Impressive toppart with the appearance of a common hairdo containing two segments with rows of stylized cowrie shells carved in the wood. The completely classical faces with pure Fang built - up: heavy arching eyebrows, small eyes and mouth and triangular narrow nose. Big ears standing off the sides of the head. The lower part of the helmet with decorations of geometrical designs with four reptiles enframed in central windows, all in low profile. Very deep central tube of 36 cm to make it possible to carry the mask over the head on the shoulders.

Literature: Jean – Baptiste Bacquart: The tribal arts of Africa, New York, 1998 fig .C on p. 127.

Dimensions: 46 x 36 x 36 cm.
Region / People: The Fang of N.W. Gabon.
Material: medium dense wood.
Weight:3.8 kg.

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Sold 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.

Nl Bastien  top

Catawiki member since November 19, 2014, received 229 reviews in total (50 in last 12 months)

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    Mooiste item wat ik tot nu toe heb gewonnen bij Catawiki via deze erg professionele mensen bij de "bron". Waardevol provenance stuk erbij, iets om de rest van je leven van te genieten. Uitmuntend!!!!!
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    user-2ec6e84 April 4, 2019

  • Very nice mask, which was sent rapidly and well packed. Would buy again from this seler.

    laurentnilles April 4, 2019

  • Very courteous and willing to please. His objects are of great quality
    Very happy with my purchase

    ctual March 23, 2019

  • we are quite satisfied with the handling, correct information of this sale and very much appreciate the letter/certificate with the details of the object we bought.

    elsverdonck March 19, 2019

  • Reibungslose Abwicklung. Zusagen eingehalten. Pünktlicher Versand. Ordentliche Verpackung. Voll zufrieden.

    user-c94c62c March 18, 2019

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    Vente très positive ! Colis livré le surlendemain de l'enchère ! Deux jours. Extrêmement rapide, avec une frontière à traverser.
    Et très bonne communication avec le vendeur, Bastien.
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    Africpassion March 17, 2019

  • Item arrived in time and as described in perfect condition.
    Thanks a lot.

    user-11b5814 March 14, 2019

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    Très beau chi wara, belle patine ancienne. On déplore un recollage non mentionné à la base.
    Indigène, avec traces de colle ?
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    lovviere March 13, 2019

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    Il faut noter bien que c'est une restauration indigène localement faite. Ca indique pour moi que cette pièce ètait bien aimèe par son propriétaire.Plutôt un plus.
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    Sterk masker, zeergunstige prijs, verzorgde en degelijke verpakking. Vlugge levering.
    Hartelijk dank.
    Jos belde
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    Josbelde March 12, 2019

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    conforme à la description, très bien emballé, envoyé dans les temps,je recommande
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    cruberic February 24, 2019

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    Prachtig masker. Duidelijke, vriendelijke, snelle communicatie.
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    Il est splendide
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    tatiefraise007 February 12, 2019

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    Cet objet de valeur,à 800 € de réserve,est arrivé cassé (j'ai envoyé les photos), car il n'a pas eu les conditions de transport appropriées.Ce vendeur répond gentiment mais ne me dédommage en rien.
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    user-b773998 January 20, 2019

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    It's tragic that the object has damaged. There is consultation with Catawiki, the rules of Catawiki are applicable in this case. In the context of the privacy of buyer no further comments
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    sathee January 11, 2019

  • Great communication and delivery, very fast and efficient.

    leesi December 14, 2018

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    Envoi très rapide,objet parfaitement conforme à sa description et formidablement emballé.
    Merci pour le socle de qualité et le certificat très détaillé !
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    micoulon December 12, 2018

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    elsverdonck December 4, 2018

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    Très bien livré avec beaucoup d.explications sur le produit.
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    user-3198a7a November 27, 2018

  • another great piece from Ben

    KaptanKrunch November 25, 2018

  • superb item. thanks.

    KaptanKrunch November 25, 2018

  • Wonderful piece. Thanks.

    KaptanKrunch November 25, 2018

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    Excellent objet; envoi rapide et très sécurisé ; top vendeur ! ++++++
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    tribalum001 October 22, 2018

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    tatiefraise007 October 17, 2018

  • Nice item, fast shipping. Thank you!

    Rochettaz September 18, 2018

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    Magnifique cuillère ceremonielle avec patine d'utilisation importante.
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    lovviere July 9, 2018

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