Cap Mask
Bamileke, Cameroon
Early 20th Century

PROVENANCE: Norma Boggiano Collection, New York. Acquired from Parke Bernet Auction, NY, Sale 3569, Nov. 14, 1973.

Masks play a vital role in the cultural fabric of the Cameroon Grasslands. Made of a dark hard wood, masks take the shape of a human head or a horned animal, in this case a Bush Cow. Not meant as representations of ancestors or spirits, these masks are thought to be created by the ancestors for the benefit and protection of the people in a village. This example’s horizontal composition, parted mouth with distinctive teeth, flared nostrils, and curved horns incised with geometric patterns creates a powerful and hypnotic presence.

Length: 23 in.
IN 10-3-15 / SOLD