Grasslands Helmet Mask, Cameroon
Lot 180W
Grasslands Helmet Mask, Bamum Area, Cameroon
US$ 20,000 - 30,000
€14,000 - 22,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
Grasslands Helmet Mask, Bamum Area, Cameroon
height 27in (68.6cm)

Berlin Museum, purportedly deaccessioned ca. 1960s
John J. Klejman, New York
Private Collection, New York

Published and exhibited:
Northern, Tamara, "Royal Art of the Cameroons", Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, 1973, fig.46, March 29 through April 30, 1973

According to Robbins and Nooter (2004: p 316),"...masks of the highland area represent power and authority...(and a male) of noble lineage...ornate crests bearing motifs such as the spider are restricted to royalty. Highly inflated cheeks imply origin in the Bamum area."

Cf. Robbins and Nooter (2004: fig. 811)
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