In the small kingdom of Bangwa, statues and masks heads have round cheeks, thick and protruding double eyebrows, large bulging eyes and relief parallelepiped mouth under a heavy nose with well-shaped nostrils and small ears on the sides.
The regal chief depicted by the mask also features rope beard and hair.
These masks are worn flat on the top of the head. Dancers can see under a mesh or a cloth attached to the full-length mask costume.
Bamum ‘Kam’ (o ‘Akam’) mask is a special type among the rich mask culture of Western prairies: featuring beard and hair, it depicts the main mask of the local “Juju-dance society” and symbolises the portrait of a dead king.
The mask is in very good conditions, with two cracks caused by wear and wood dryness (see the last two pictures).
The mask will be well packed and shipped fast.
- Dance mask
- Indigenous object name
- Bamum Kam
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- 2nd half 20th century
- Very good condition, slightly used with small signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 36×22×19 cm
- 1050 g