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Fang people, Gabon. Early 18th c. Wood (Alstonia congensis or bonei) with an oozing patina (palm oil, resin, charcoal). H. 27 cm.
Provenance: Musée d’ethnographie de Neuchâtel (MEN), Switzerland, inv. III.C.7400. Acquired from Father Henri Trilles in 1902.
For an in-depth description of this Fang head, see here the paper: A Masterwork that Sheds Tears… and Light by Roland Kaehr, Louis Perrois & Marc Ghysels, published in African Arts, Winter 2007.
Only CT-scan data were used to build this 3D model, see here.