Dance mask - Glass beads, Wood - Bamileke - Cameroun

Dance mask - Glass beads, Wood - Bamileke - Cameroun
2nd half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Helmet mask from the Cameroon Grasslands. In contrast to the naturalistic elephant masks in the Babanki style, the masks of the neighbouring Bamileke are mainly studded with glass beads. The mask, worn horizontally on the head, occupies a special position. It is worn with dignity in the dance by members of the Elephant Society, who are directly beholden to the king.
The mask is carved from one piece, the coarse textile material was then nailed to the wood and embroidered with the beads. 10-15 beads were threaded each time and sewn-on with one stitch. With more recent masks, on the other hand, the beads were simply attached with a clay mixture. Of note here are the different coloured glass beads, which were threaded in geometric patterns.
Acquired in Foumban, Cameroon, in 1995.
Haller Collection.
Increased shipping costs due to the weight.

Lot details
Dance mask
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Glass beads, Wood
2nd half 20th century
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
30×40×92 cm
10 kg
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