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Bamoun mask (N° 22157)
Worn on the top of the head, unlike most Bamileke face masks, this type of African mask carved from dense wood offers a jovial countenance enlivened by the sheen of different metals and the addition of cowries. The features are coated with "Pe" , a mixture of palm oil and padauk wood, a blood-red wood, some of which are coated during celebratory ceremonies, and which, after being grated , is kept in carved wooden containers.
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Within the territory named Cameroonian Grasslands live the Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun and Bamileke ethnic groups. The influence of this inter-ethnic proximity is felt by common features on the pieces of art, such as the tendency to represent chubby characters with bulging eyes among the Tikar, or the use of beads in use among the Bamileke.
The Bamileke, of Sudano-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. The peasants make the most of the raffia palm trees in their region, the Grassland in south-west Cameroon, to produce wine, building materials, and even furniture.
Bamoun craftsmen have produced countless works, each more impressive than the next. The masks, the beaded objects, the drawings of Njoya, the architecture of the palaces, reflect the quality and the diversity of their art.