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Large Bamun Mask with Animals 40.25″ – Cameroon – African Art

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This mask was created in the style of the Bamun people of Cameroon. The mask has a joyful expression and has interesting carved lizard featured throughout the piece. It measures 40.25 inches tall and weighs 15 pounds. There is some chips, cracks and scratches throughout – please inspect photos. Stand is not included.

Type of Object

Mask

Country of Origin

Cameroon

Ethnicity

Bamun

Material

Wood and pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

40.25"

Width

16"

Depth

3.5”

Weight

15 lbs

Overall Condition

Chips, scrapes and cracks – see photos

Tribe Information

About the Bamun (Bamum) 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.”

“The sultanate of Bamun is ruled by a single, sacred king, known as the Fon, who resides in the capital Fumban. He is assisted by three officials and seven hereditary councilors to rule the 80,000 people.”

“Statues representing ancestors are found all over the Bamun and Bamileke areas. They can be life size and can be incorporated into the backrest of an elaborate throne. These figures representing the king’s wives and his attendants are usually stored in a secret part of the palace and are displayed when a foreign dignitary visits or during important ceremonies headed by the king.”

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

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