Babanki Elephant Mask w/ Metal Inlay 27″ – Cameroon – African Art

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This mask was made in the traditional style of Babanki from Cameroon. The mask depicts an elephant with decorative metal inlay throughout. It measures 27 inches tall and weighs 2 pounds. There is some damage and cracking in the left ear and minor cracking and wear and tear throughout. Stand is not included.

Type of Object

Mask

Country of Origin

Cameroon

Ethnicity

Babanki, Bamileke

Animal

Material

Wood, pigment and metal

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

27"

Width (Inches)

8"

Depth (Inches)

3.5"

Weight (Pounds)

2 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking and damage to left ear, wear and tear throughout.

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Tribe Information

About the Bamileke People

“The grassland region, in south-west Cameroon, is a hilly and mountainous area covered by an equatorial forest in the south and a savannah in the north. Politically, the area is divided into numerous small independent kingdoms and chiefdoms, whose powers are counterbalanced by male and female societies. Since it’s colonization by the Germans in 1884, this entire region, in particular the Bamileke, Bamun and Tikar territories, has attracted the attention of Western scholars because of its artistic heritage.”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.