Cameroon/Gabon, in dark, heavily patinated wood, the simplified face with small hobnails for eyes. The bottom portion, pierced for attachment of a fiber beard. height 5 3/4in
Exhibited: Governors State University, IL, 2003 Krannert Art Museum, IL, 2003 Belger Art Foundation/University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO, 2004 Tall Grass Art Association, IL, 2005
Published: Bourgeois and Rodolitz, REMNANTS OF RITUAL: SELECTIONS FROM THE GELBARD COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART, Ethnos, New York, 2003, p.28, fig.63
Small maskettes were made by the Fang to be worn on the arm or shoulder of a dancer although little information is known about their significance. This particular example bears a lovely face related to that of the Fang Bieri sculptures, possibly in the Ntumu Sub-style. Based on other known examples, the perforations around the perimeter below the face of the maskette would have held a fiber fringe.