This Tikar bronze mask features a face with pursed lips, protruding eyes and three figures on the top. It has been decorated with beads and shells hanging from its chin and the mask is attached to a woven vegetable fiber base. The mask measures 13 inches tall and weighs 8.5 pounds. There are some holes on the back of the piece – please inspect photos carefully. It does not come with a stand but one can be added for an additional charge.
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Copper alloy, fiber, shell, beads
Corrosion holes on the back.
About the Tikar 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” (which includes the) “Tikar territories, has attracted the attention of Western scholars because of its artistic heritage.”
“The Tikar area is occupied by around 250,000 people who speak different languages, but yet claim common ancestors. It is divided into two main geographical sub-groups – the first includes village-dwelling people who live in round huts covered by conical roofs and whose artistic output is largely associated with 19th-century bronze pipes. The second sub-group occupies the north-west highlands and they predominantly carve statues and masks.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.