Rand mentioned an interesting aspect in this discussion:
The Multi-headed Fang sculptures could be a later production, which doesn´t
exist in the classical period, which is ending in literature in the erly 1920th.
Günter Tessmann doesn´t know this type of Multi headed sculpture in his "Pangwe"
book. But of course that doesn´t mean that it doesn´t exists.
On the other side the Multi-headed Nong Tang mask has a well documented tradition
down to the 19th century. I really don´t know the date, when the cultural production of
the Fang came to an end. Even I am extremly sceptical, I know an ethnologist with the
opinion, there is still today a production of ritual objects in some Fang communities
deep in the forest of Gabun. For me it sounds a little bit, like somebody has seen the
If Parke-Barnet, New York, is selling a Multi-headed Fang sculpture in 1966 it´s
pure speculation, that this is a piece from the classical Fang periode.
Many Fang-sculptures and -masks are very early productions for the market
or for the ethnologists. These pieces, if they are well documented, have a high
market value, but in it´s consequence there is no essential difference to the pieces
you can find nowdays at Online-auctionhouses or fleemarkets called "fake" or "copy".
As long as we don´t have a history of Art for African Culture our classifications
are more than doubtful, probably seen under an extremly colonialistic view,
because in our own culture nobody would judge a work of our Art primary under the
aspect of spiritual/religious use or not. Who was the client: the church or a renaissance
ruler - it doesn´t matter. But for African Art it seems to be important to be "authentic",
"tribally used" etc., what ever it means.
Schizophrenia = splitting of consciousness or personality?
Of course you are right. It´s the personality and not the consciousness.
But why always van "Gogh´s ear" at this topic?
Isn´t your mine-field is your mind, dear Vero?
"...yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I have been changed in the night?
I almost think I can remember feeling a little bit different. But if I´am not the same, the
next question is, Who in the world am I? Ah, that´s the great puzzle. And she began
thinking over all the children she knew that were of the same age as herself, to see
if she could have been changed for any of them."
Alice´s Adventures in...by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
Isn´t she a little bit "schizo" with her feeling, beeing "changed in the night"?
What will happen, if Alice is coming tomorrow to a psychologist and not
to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who saved his collegues
after they crashed with their airplanes in the African desert?
That´s me with my friend in front of our glider with a Volkswagen-motor
- pluged in by my friend, with the idea starting to Africa.