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Bamun Bird Headdress Cameroon African Art 35 Inch

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Title Bamun Bird Headdress Cameroon African Art 35 Inch
Country of Origin Cameroon
People likely Bamun, also may be Baga from Guinea
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 7.5 Inches
Width: 11 Inches
Depth: 35 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 small chips, scrapes


Additional Information: An ornately carved bird headdress 35 inches long!  The face, tail, and wings are decorated with engraved geometric designs.  The projectile eyes and open mouth give the piece a unique character, and lead us to believe the mask is Bamun. 


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