Kom or Tikar Wooden Mask, Cameroon Africa
Detail: I believe this is a Kom mask, from an ethnic people of the Northwest province of Cameroon. Most of the statuary and masks are representations of the Fon (the ruler). Masks like these are typically used in initiations and for educational purposes. Tikar masks – also thin, oval and with ritual scarifications – are normally embellished with brass and more finely detailed. Many masks are worn on the forehead and not over the face. There is an obvious cutout on the top back of the mask. I don’t have a reason. Mid- to Late-1900’s. Very good condition.