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Traditional art in Gabon exhibits a spectacular diversity of styles, including the most abstract and the most naturalistic of the African continent.

I lived there from 1994 to 1999, enjoying the people, the landscapes and the wildlife:
Onzil, hornbill-headed knife, North Gabon, 19th Century. Fang warriors wore these slung beneath the armpit. Fang collar, akuré. 19th Century, 15 cm diameter. See Perrois & Sierra Delage (1990), pg 164 and Tessman (1913). Fang male figure Fang female sculpture with metal disk eyes and helmet-style headdress, glossy patina, N Gabon. Height 32 cm.
Fang dance mask, northern Gabon Fang early Ngil dance mask, northern Gabon Cocobeach, northern Gabon. Fang country. The land to the north is Equatorial Guinea. 11/10/94. Fang Ngontang dance mask, north of Libreville, northern Gabon. Classic helmet mask with four kaolin-painted faces. Height 38 cm.
Ornament on Fang fa sword, northern Gabon Ornament on Fang fa sword (man with rifle), northern Gabon. Cap Lopez Pirogue on the Nyanga River, South Gabon. 30/5/98.
Galoa, Omyéné Group: Okukwé dance mask, 20th Century. Near Lambaréné, Moyen Ogooué.  Citharist at a small river-side village, Ogooué Delta. 29/9/96. Pirogues at the BaLumbo village of Cachimba. 14/1/95. Forest elephant Yenzi, Gabon
Palms on the South Gabon coast Punu okuyi dance mask with black pigment, 27 cm tall. Ngounié valley, South Gabon. Punu okuyi dance mask, 35 cm tall. Ngounié valley, South Gabon. Road between Etéké and NDende, Massif du Chaillu. 16/8/1994
Vuvi Muhunzu mask. Height, 30 cm. Massif du Chaillu, South Central Gabon. Chimpanzee. La Lopé. 29/10/95. MaHongwé wooden reliquary boho-na-bwété figure covered in strips of copper, 48 cm tall. Bawumbu carver, southeastern Gabon
The liana bridge at Pubara near Franceville. 5/10/96. Gabon Congo Teke collar BaTéké Plateau of SE Gabon. Rolling grasslands with termite mounds. 6/10/96. Tsayi kiduma dance mask, southeastern Gabon