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