A Bamileke helmet mask
Lot 2559
A Bamileke helmet mask
Sold for US$ 4,800 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Bamileke helmet mask
Cameroon Grasslands, of typical form, exaggerated features and female coiffure. Fine overall encrusted patina. Probably Kom.
height 15in

Footnotes

  • 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.27, fig.60

    Monumental in size with bulging cheeks and openwork hairstyle, Cameroon royal masks represent the power and nobility of their owner. Some examples were so massive that they were never danced but only carried in procession. The masker peers through a scarf-like fabric positioned below the mask. The elegant carving and highly refined features of this mask may point to it having been created in or near Laikom.
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