Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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ngontang mask
  • unknown Fang maker
  • ngontang mask, early 1900s–1965
  • Where object was made: Gabon
  • wood, grass, feathers, paint, brass, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 55 x 49 cm feathered stick not included
    Object Height/Diameter: 21 5/8 x 19 1/4 in feathered stick not included
  • Gift of William Siemers
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3151

The helmet style mask has three small scale white faces. There are three rounded tufts of grass on top and another flat segment. It has a long grass ruff.

Each face is white with a long narrow nose and very small red mouth. The hair is rendered in relief and painted black. Each has a different hairstyle, though they are simple. They eyebrows and eyes are painted black and have brass tacks for the irises. There is a perforated portion between two of the faces.

A stick with short white feathers projects from the top of the head over this portion. A short, broken stick projects upward.