Helmet Mask

early 1900s
Location: not on view
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Description

Deliberately distorted and exaggerated facial features reflect the awesome powers of a great chief. The quadrupeds on the mask’s head suggest the close association between the leopard and the king. In the Cameroon grasslands, masks are typically related to a regulatory society that guards ancestral mores; society members wear the masks and dance in the secrecy of the night.
Helmet Mask

Helmet Mask

early 1900s

Africa, Central Africa, Cameroon, possibly Kom-style maker

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