Mask (1) - Plant fibre, Shells, Wood - Helmet mask - Bamoun - Cameroun

Description
Mask (1) - Plant fibre, Shells, Wood - Helmet mask - Bamoun - Cameroun
1st half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Impressive, large(!), decorative original mask. Accents is white paint, nice cowry shells.
Eye lag (screw) for hanging the mask in the back. See photo, below top, in the middle.
Broken ear.

The Bamoun or Bamum people are situated in the North West of Cameroun. From the (European) middle ages until the 19th century there existed a Kingdom of Bamum. It was turned into a German colony in 1884 and after WWI changed hands and became French territory.

Provenance: collected by Dr. J. Willink, researcher, associated with the African Studies Centre in Leiden, and author of many works on Africa and African art. Dr. Willink purchased at auctions and from dealers mainly in Europe.

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Mask
Indigenous object name
Helmet mask
Ethnic group/ culture
Bamoun
Region/ country
Cameroun
Material
Plant fibre, Shells, Wood
Period
1st half 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
36×28×13 cm
Weight
2 kg
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