Fang masks, such as those worn by itinerant troubadours and for hunting and punishing sorcerers, are painted white with facial features outlined in black. Apparently they have been linked with the dead and ancestors, since white is their color. This mask combines ngil characteristics with these of so. The so, or red antelope was connected with an initiation that lasted several months; these masks sport horns. The specific function of this mask combining mixed characteristics is not clear.
Provenance: This mask has been in the Raskin Private Collection for many years.