AFRICA BAMUM BAMILEKE MASK BEAD BIRD CAMEROON ~ The savannas of the west, the Grassland, are composed of three ethnic groups with ancestors in common. There are the one million Bamileke spread over the southwestern plateaus; the 500,000 Bamenda-Tikar in the north; and, finally, the Bamum in the northwest, with a population of 80,000. Bamum (Bamoum, Bamoun, Bamun, Banun, Mom, Mum, Mun) social life was oriented toward the conquest of surrounding chieftainries, and forays were made into neighboring lands: from this stems a warrior mythology and an abundance of material symbols of strength. The Bamum produced large figures. In the small kingdom of Bangwa, the heads of statues and masks feature puffed-out cheeks. The very characteristic sculpture in the round attains its apogee in a depiction of a horn-player who wears traditional headgear in the shape of a tiara. The wood used for masks is not always completely hollowed out, for the mask does not cover the face of the wearer but rather tops a kind of bamboo cage surrounded by a tufted collar of palm fibers, which conceals the head. These masks, instruments of societies with political, administrative, judicial, or theatrical functions, were kept in special storage houses; they were brought out at the first rainfall. ~~ Mask ~~ Our Powerful Bamum Bird Mask is large and Impressive. Looks more like a Dragon. Wonderful relief helmet mask of a large Bird. Open at the bottom basket weave and top crown. Covered in colorful beads. The wings and Tail are carved wood. Overall great condition, Shows age, a few scrapes and scratches, some loss to the Basket weave. Collected in Cameroon area of Africa 1970's . Large Measures over 25" Long X 8"High X 13" wide. A Fantastic Mask ~~ ~~~ ACCEPTED PAYMENTS: CASH, CHECK, POSTAL MONEY ORDER, Paypal , ~ ALL Sales Final ~ I will email you with payment address to send checks or Money Orders, Cash. FREE Shipping in U.S. ONLY ~ USPS first class. Questions ~ Please ask for International shipping Rates Please Email Eric at or Call 330- 434 -1010 Agestribalarts Gallery 194 Myrtle Place Akron Ohio, 44303 USA ~~~~~

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  • Item #: M~BEAD BIRD Bamum #1
Price $395.00
Availability Out-of-Stock