Bamum Helmet Mask, Cameroon
height 22 3/4in (58cm)
unusually large and powerful with schematic construction of spiders and frogs, symbols for potency, with grinning mouth and full cheeks; fine multilevel original black soot patina.
Udo Horstmann, Switzerland
Private Collection, Switzerland
cf. Gebauer, Paul, Art of the Cameroon, Portland Museum of Art (1979: fig. P7).
cf. Northern, Tamara, The Art of the Cameroon, Smithsonian Museum (1984: fig. 86)