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    Description

    Grasslands Kingdom (Cameroon)
    Helmet Mask
    Wood, pigment, cloth, feathers, fiber
    Height: 15 inches Width: 9 5/8 inches Dia.: 7 inches

    This large mask has a cloth "headdress" stretched on a wood armature with a vine stretch-bar edging above the wide forehead. It has, at the top center, the remains of a red feather, symbol of the highest rank in the mask association. As with many Grassfield faces, the features are enlarged: almond-shaped eyes, painted red with a white border inside raised lids, a projecting open mouth with upper and lower teeth showing, and a large nose with distinct nostril wings, all beneath a heavy brow line.

    Without specific collection data, neither the provenance nor the function and use of such masks can be certain, apart from these general facts: they were normally owned by lineages or palace associations and danced at the behest of the king, specifically at annual festivals and at "Cries," the funerals of important people.

    There are feathers embedded in the forehead patination. Other than a loss at the edge of the proper left ear and along the inside bottom edge (some reinforced indigenously with fiber ties), the wood parts are in sound condition. The cloth has several losses, especially along the vine stretcher, which is fully exposed.

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



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    Auction Info

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