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Great Bamileke Elephant Mask 27″ – Cameroon – African Art

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This Bamileke mask depicts an elephant with beautiful geometric patterns on his face. The mask measures 27 inches tall and weighs 7 pounds. There is some water stains, cracking, chipping and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos. Stand not included but one can be added for an additional charge.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

Cameroon

Ethnicity

Bamileke

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

27”

Width (Inches)

9”

Depth (Inches)

8”

Weight (Pounds)

7 lbs

Overall Condition

water stains, cracking and wear and tear.

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.

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