Dance mask - Hardwood - Bamum Kam - Bamoun - Cameroon

Description
Dance mask - Hardwood - Bamum Kam - Bamoun - Cameroon
2nd half 20th century - Very good condition, slightly used with small signs of wear

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.

Lot details
Object
Dance mask
Indigenous object name
Bamum Kam
Ethnic group/ culture
Bamoun
Region/ country
Cameroon
Material
Hardwood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Very good condition, slightly used with small signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
36×22×19 cm
Weight
1050 g
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