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Babanki Elephant Mask (N° 14467)

The African art of Grassland chiefdoms and beaded sculptures
The Babanki live in the northern part of the region called Grasslands, Cameroon . Their neighbours are the Kom, Wum and Bali. Under the influence of the Fulani invaders, many of them converted to Islam. They revered the ancestors who would incarnate in the skulls held by the elders of each lineage. Grasslands brotherhoods use zoomorphic masks, some decorated with pearls like Bamoun , symbolizing the wealth and royal prestige, called buffalo mask. They would indeed have the power to transform into an animal. In some lyings however, this mask is replaced by the wooden elephant mask. A symbol of prestige of the Fon , these sculptures were also the object of barter and present throughout this cultural area. (Animal, Dapper Museum)
High concave ears balance the rounding of the horns that join the trunk. The surface of the wood is covered with thousands of multicolored beads, and the organs of "Pe" mixture of palm oil and paduk wood, blood-red wood, some of which are covered during the ceremonies of rejoicing, and which, after being grated, is preserved in carved wooden containers.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyBafut
Countrycameroun
Material(s)wood, perles
Height60
Width25
Weight1.55 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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