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MASK of the ELEPHANT
Bamileke culture, Cameroon
First half of the 20th century
Fabric, beads and vegetable fibers
H. 61 ; L 57 cm
Mask hood made of red cloth lined with fibers, the long front panel of which refers to the elephant's trunk and the circular side disks to its large ears.
It has a beaded decoration embroidered in a geometric way for the ears and in scales or drops for the front.
The mask is also openworked with two circles surrounded by felt pellets, an almond-shaped mouth surrounded in the same way and decorated with white teeth made of glass beads. A cylindrical nose completes this anthropomorphic appearance.
These characteristic masks appeared in the Kuosi society - a regulatory society, composed notably of chiefs, high ranking warriors and agents.
With their rich beaded ornamentation, these masks are witnesses of royalty and wealth. The colors and shapes used correspond to a particular code: red symbolizes life, women and royalty, black the link between the world of the living and the dead and white the ancestors; the triangles refer to the dress of the royal feline: the leopard.
Text and photos © FCP CORIDON
Ref.LP : 3286
|Style||Tribal Art (African Masks of Tribal Art Style)|
|Century||20th century (African Masks 20th century)|
|Shipping Time||Ready to ship in 2-3 Business Days|
|Location||93400, Saint-Ouen, France|
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