Item offered:

Bamileke Helmet Mask
with Superstructures
(Cameroon)


Description:

On offer from our personal collection is this MASSIVE & dramatic helmet mask/headcrest from the Bamileke peoples of Cameroon. Worn on top of the head, such masks are danced during rituals celebrating the harvests & also during ceremonies honoring tribal royalty.

A HUGE mask, all of its features are wildly exaggerated... eyes set in large hollows accented by braided grasses; wide, flared nostrils; bulbous cheeks; broad, toothy smile bedecked by horns on either side, accented by a thin moustache of braided grasses across the upper lip; large zoomorphic ears; a horn-like protuberance jutting forth from the brow; a superstructural crown bearing three animals; & a slender beard of braided grasses extends from the chin. Rolled & braided grasses are wrapped around the inside of the bottom of the mask, & around the bottom chins of the animals atop the crown.

Despite imperfections in the wood, including old scrapes, chips, & dry age cracks, a hole near the bottom rim behind the left ear, & a few old gouges including the back of the left ear, the bottom rim of the crown's mount (left side), & on the side of the animal on the mask's left side, this spectacular mask is in good overall condition. Good patina, encrusted in places. An overwhelming display, the carving makes a most exciting, dynamic statement!

Please note:
this is a LARGE piece, & will require a large shipping container. For any non-U.S. buyers interested in this mask, please contact the seller first to inquire about shipping availability to your country.
 

Materials:
wood, pigment,
vegetal fibers

Approximate dimensions:
17" L x 13" W x 10" H
Braided beard:
7.5" L

Estimated age: 40+ years

Total shipping weight:
ca. 22-lbs.
Stand not included - used for
display purposes only.

All sales final.


 

All items carefully packed & shipped after payment received & cleared via PayPal. Unless otherwise specified in the item description, shipping to the U.S. will generally be via USPS Priority Mail, USPS Parcel Post, or UPS. Expedited shipping upgrade is available & optional. Will ship worldwide, with international shipping rates to be determined by buyer's location. Insurance optional/additional. Seller not responsible for any damages incurred during shipping nor for any Customs-related fees for non-U.S. shipments.
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