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Bamoun beaded hem mask (N° 14114)

Ex-French tribal art collection.
In African art, the use of pearls is linked to the prestige of the court. 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 the Tikar . Stylistically, one feels the influence of this interethnic promixmity by common traits on the pieces of art, such as the tendency to represent globular-eyed joumins in the Tikar, or the application of beads on art sculptures. African bamileke.
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
The Sultanate of Bamoun is led by a king, the fon , from the city of Fumban, assisted by officials and advisers.
Large globular eyes, puffy blower cheeks, broad, stunned nose and mouth with protruding lips revealing a beautiful dental alignment (missing beads), this mask is covered with hundreds of multicolored beads that follow the underlying shapes covered with rabane. The royal headdress, which rises at the top and the beard, are lined with a cloth cloth. The hollowofs of the ears have been sprayed with "Pe" , a 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 kept in wooden containers Carved. This mask was worn, not in front of the face, but placed on the skull.  

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Originex-collection Cordier
EthnyBamun
Countrycameroun
Material(s)wood, textile, perles
Height37
Width28
Weight1.40 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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