The people that are called “Fang” in the geographic and ethnographic literature constitute a vast mosaic of village communities, established in a large zone of Atlantic equatorial Africa comprising south Cameroon, continental equatorial Guinea and nearly the whole north of Gabon, on the right bank of the Ogowe River. They are principally hunters, but they also farm. Fang social structure is based on the clan, a group of individuals with a common ancestor, and on the family. The Fang used masks in their secret societies. The ngontang mask symbolizes a ‘young white girl’. Despite its name, the mask was danced only by initiated men.
Today such masks serve primarily to entertain audiences on festive occasions. The three rolls on top of the mask are not very common for the Fang and must be unique to a particular geographic locale.
An individually made metal stand is available separately