|Title||Bamileke Mask Woven Hairstyle Cameroon African Art|
|Country of Origin||Cameroon|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Dimensions||12 inches H. x 9 inches W.|
|Overall Condition||Poor to Fair. 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||Cracks and chips, dirt, and general wear; see pictures for details.|
Additional Information: A well used wooden mask worn on top of the head. Woven hair is on both top of head and beard, front and back. This mask represents a male character by its headdress and beard. Top of mask is decorated with a typical Cameroon Grasslands headdress. The Bamileke are among the artistic elite of the Cameroon Grasslands area. They are ruled by kings, and many of their masks are for royal festivities. Masks like this one belonged to the regulatory society, (Kwifoyn). They are identified as leader masks , Nkang, Nkam, Akam, lead a group of masks, and use two staffs to punish. Nkang symbolizes male authority and strength. Nkang masks was used at funerals of important members of the society, during seasonal annual festivals and to entertain the community.
For similar examples and more information, see Northern's EXPRESSIONS OF CAMEROON ART