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Mambila Head-crest / Helmet Mask 19″ – Cameroon

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Type of Object

Head Crest Mask

Country of Origin

Cameroon

Ethnicity

Mambila

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

19”

Width (Inches)

9.5”

Depth (Inches)

5”

Weight (Pounds)

2.5lbs

Overall Condition

Possible minor imperfections and wear & tear, including but not limited to scuffing, cracking and minimal chipping. Possible previous repairs. See photos or inquire for more details.

Tribe Information

About the Mambila People

“The 25,000 Mambila people produced a considerable number of masks and figures that are characterized by a heart-shaped face; red and white pigments were often applied later.”
“Dances celebrating the end of the planting seasons are led by a tribesman wearing a cephalomorphic helmet mask. In turn, he is followed by the retinue of assistants wearing secondary masks in the shape of a dog’s head and a crow’s head.”

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

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