SUPERB CEMETRIC MASKS (2) - WOOD + METAL - Ngkpwé - Bamileke - Cameroon

Description
SUPERB CEMETRIC MASKS (2) - WOOD + METAL - Ngkpwé - Bamileke - Cameroon
1st half 20th century - Good

BAMILEKE, Cameroon

Magnificent Pair of Anthropomorphic Dance Masks with refined features

One has a conical headdress and the other one presents horns in volutes.
Side-wise, the features of the horned mask present a quite exceptional refinement.

“Ngkpwé” Dance Crest from the western Bangwa, according to Pierre Harter (Cameroon, p 319).

Wood with a thick black patina. Minor flaws. A break was repaired on the neck of the head with the conical headdress, there is also a missing piece on the bottom of the neck (have a look at the pictures).
Dimensions, without the stand:
- 40 x 21 x 17 cm;
- 31.5 x 17.5 x 15 cm.

Provenance: private collection, Rhineland-Palatinate, acquired on site 45 years ago, and it was already considered ancient by then.

Lot details
Total nr of items
2
Object
SUPERB CEMETRIC MASKS
Indigenous object name
Ngkpwé
Ethnic group/ culture
Bamileke
Region/ country
Cameroon
Material
WOOD + METAL
Period
1st half 20th century
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
Yes
Dimensions
40×20×20 cm
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