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Bamoun Mask (N° 14466)

African art productions among The Grassland's chiefdoms This mask made from heavy wood has a jovial appearance accentuated by the brilliance of different metals and the trim of cauris. This type of masks Bamoun are worn on the top of the head, unlike most Bamileke face masks. The lines are highlighted by "Pe" , a mixture of palm oil and paduk wood, blood-red wood, some of which are covered during rejoicing ceremonies, and which, after being grated, is kept in carved wooden containers.
Within the territory of Cameroon's Grasslands live the Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun and Bamileke ethnic groups. The influence of this inter-ethnic proximity is felt by common traits on the pieces of art, such as the tendency to represent chubby characters with globular eyes in the Tikars, or the use of beads in use in the Bamiléké.The Bamiléké , of Sudan-Bantu origin, are famous for the artistic qualities of their beaded objects, signs of prosperity and wealth, giving the royal object the brilliance that distinguishes it from common objects. Farmers make the most of the raffia palm trees in their region, the Grassland in southwestern Cameroon, to produce wine, building materials and furniture. Bamoun craftsmen have produced countless works, each one more impressive than the other. The masks, the beaded objects, The drawings of Njoya, the architecture of the palaces, reflect the quality and diversity of their art.


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Originex-collection monégasque
Material(s)wood, metal, cauris
Height cm38
Width27 cm
Weight1.55 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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