Cameroon Grasslands, of powerful form, bearing a headdress of arrows or spears, with an overall aggressive countenance. Probably from Oko. height 18in
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.18, fig.40
Commissioned and used by the Kwifon secret society in the Grasslands, special masks are worn at the burial of deceased members and to commemorate deceased kings. This example with a ring of spear points surmounting the head signifies the warrior and is worn in the Oku and Babanki region in the same context as the Elephant mask (No. 26-b). The almost glass-like patina and areas of re-carving at the bottom of the helmet indicate significant age and use.