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Bamileke Helmet Mask Cameroon African Art

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Title Bamileke Mask Cameroon African Art
Type of Object Mask / headpiece
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Bamileke, Bamun, Kom
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 15 Inches
Width: 13 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and a well worn patina, repairs to top figures


Additional Information: Such A headpiece was worn on the head by retainers at the courts of various Grasslands kingdoms in Cameroon. Such masks appeared at ceremonies associated with planting and harvesting as well as other events celebrating the rulers or simply as entertainment for the king and his court. The Bamileke are among the artistic elite of the Cameroon Grassfields area. They are ruled by kings, and many of their masks are for royal festivities. For wonderful examples and more information, see Northern's EXPRESSIONS OF CAMEROON ART. Large head crests such as this were danced by retainers at the courts of various Grasslands kingdoms in Cameroon. They appeared at ceramonies associated with planting and harvesting as well as other events celebrating the ruler or simply as entertainment for the king and his court. 


For similar examples see Tamara Northern, Expressions of Cameroon Art. The Franklin Collection, 1986


See also  Paul Gebauer, 1979, ART OF CAMEROON, Oregon: Portland Art Association;Tamaran Northern, 1984, THE ART OF CAMEROON, Washington D.C.: The Smithsonian Institution