A Bamileke elephant mask
Lot 2557
A Bamileke elephant mask
Sold for US$ 16,800 inc. premium

Lot Details
A Bamileke elephant mask
Cameroon, powerfully carved in exaggerated form. The elephantine characteristics boldly yet abstractly rendered. Fine dark encrusted patina.
height 43 1/2in

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Mort Lipkin

    Exhibited:
    Governors State University, IL, 2003
    Krannert Art Museum, IL, 2003
    Belger Art Foundation/University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO, 2004
    Tall Grass Art Association, IL, 2005

    Published:
    Bourgeois and Rodolitz, REMNANTS OF RITUAL: SELECTIONS FROM THE GELBARD COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART, Ethnos, New York, 2003, p.26, fig.58

    Most elephant masks in the form of a wooden crest originate from the centers of Oku and the Babanki area. Masks of this type belong to an ensemble of some twenty masks owned by royal lineages and chiefs that are performed during funerals and annual festivals. The interplay of elongated lines and rounded arcs add both grace and power to this fantastic composition, which displays fine age and evidence of use.
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