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Bamileke Face Mask (N° 12736)

The African art of the Bangwa, sub-ethnic Bamileke, in the African art of the Grasslands of Cameroon
Residual inlays of "Pe" , a mixture of palm oil and paduk wood, blood-red wood some of which are smeared during the ceremonies of rejoicing, and which, after being grated, is kept in carved wooden containers, alternate with a crusty matte patina. Protruding features make up an expressive appearance, characteristic of the Bangwa village. Indigenous repair. The Bamoun live in an area that is both full of wooded reliefs but also savannahs. This large territory called Grassland in southwestern Cameroon is also home to other close ethnic groups such as the Bamiléké and Tikar. Stylistically, one feels the influence of this interethnic promixmity by common traits on the pieces of art, such as the tendency to represent jouminful-eyed characters in the Tikars, or on the use of pearls as we find many among the Bamiléké.In the Bamilékés as in other ethnic groups, the art objects testified to the place of their owner in society. Thus, the materials and shapes of objects varied according to social status. King Bamiléké, also known as fon, guarantor of soil fertility and the protection of his subjects, was not considered mortal. As a result, his funeral was a joyous celebration, with the fon simply withdrawing physically but still watching over his people from his new home.  

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Originrécolté in-situ 1988
Height cm40
Width30 cm
Weight2.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
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