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    Bamileke? (Cameroon)
    Elephant Mask
    Wood, pigment
    Height: 8 inches Length: 31 inches Width: 10 ½ inches

    This simplified head of an elephant, with crescent-shaped tusks and large ears, at the front of which are eyes in relief, was danced by royals who were members of the Elephant Society, a prestigious palace association, during their annual festival. There are large cracks at the center back from the opening up onto the helmet (3 ½ inches) and along the proper right side of the trunk, the latter with some loss (2 inches). The lower proper right helmet rim and ear have a strip of insect loss. There is slight loss/abrasion on the outer middle of the proper right tusk, and a similar situation along the mid-point of the top of the trunk. There are age-crack networks in the mouth and under the chin.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Green II and family, Naples, Florida



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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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