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Douala Buffalo Mask Cameroon African Art Collection

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Title Douala Buffalo Mask Cameroon African Art Collection
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Doula
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 26 Inches
Width: 16 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Repaired horn, large crack

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A beautiful carving from the Duala people who inhabit the coastal area of Cameroon. This nyatti buffalo mask has a flat elongated shape and is decorated with polychrome motifs that serve as ornamentation.

From the Collection of Robert Pearson, Denver, Colorado

Bob Pearson began collecting African art later in his life. He was a n engineer, inveterate climber, and long-time collector of books and paintings. Spurred by the Douglas Society at the Denver Museum of Art, and his friendship with noted collector George Heggarty, he began building an enormous, eclectic collection. His African art library grew to several hundred books. He loved textiles and “material culture”-things which had domestic use, like spoons, cups, stools, and chairs, as well as masks and carvings. His collection included items from more than thirty African countries, and his fine eye gave him pieces ranging from a golddust scale to huge Dogon figural ladders. Africa Direct is honored to have been chosen to sell them.