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Rare Bamun Brass Sheathing Mask. Bamileke People. Cameroon. Africa

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Sharing stylistic traits with the Bamileke, Tikar and other Western Grassland Cameroon tribes, this particular mask illustrates the complexity of the transfer of styles… through migration and various artists’ interpretations… even as far back as the migrations of the 17th Century.

 

That is what makes this mask so unique and rare. It is one artist’s interpretation of what is happening / happened in a large geographical and cultural part of Cameroon.

 

Constructed of wood with a covering of brass…. and accented with cotton cloth and raffia/grasses.

 

Worn on the head by retainers at the courts of various Grasslands kingdoms of Cameroon. There are generally worn at three ceremonies: 1. Agricultural; 2. Honoring rulers; 3. Entertaining the king and his court.

 

In very good condition. For the Serious Collector of this one-of-a-kind mask. Sorry, a stand is not included.

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