The Gabonese Republic, or Gabon, is a west central African state that shares borders with Cameroon in the north, the Republic
of Congo in the south and east, Equatorial Guinea in the northwest, and the Atlantic Ocean in the west.
It is a 267,667 square meter (103,347 square mile) piece of land with a po
pulation of less than 2 million. It is one of the richest countries in Sub Saharan Africa.
There are two things that Gabon is best known for: its natural resources and its tribal art.
It has been said that the Fang masks of Gabon has influenced some of the world’s greatest sculptors and painters: André Derain, Georges Braque, Constantin Brâncuși, and Pablo Picasso.
We could describe the masks as having elegant lines and a fascinating combination of muscular vigilance and childlike proportions–but words cannot really do justice to things that were meant to be seen rather than described. The only way you can truly understand the charm of Gabon’s
art is by seeing them for yourself.
The second defining characteristic of Gabon is its wildlife. In 2002, Gabon’s late President Omar Bongo Ond