Bamileke Beaded Elephant Kuosi Mask, Cameroon
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Description of Significance:
In the hierarchical societies of the Cameroon grasslands, political authority is commonly linked with elephants. This mask, created using imported glass beads of great value and expense, is reserved for exclusive use by royalty, court officials, and members of the Kuosi society who have been accepted as warriors. Therefore, it is a strong emblem of authority. When worn, the hood envelops the wearer's head, while two draped sections, one in the front and one in the back, partially obscure the body. The front covering represents the elephant's trunk, and the two sizable, inflexible rings connected to each side of the head symbolize its ears, which sway as the wearer performs a dance.
- Handcrafted for ceremonial use in Cameroon
Dimensions (in inches):
- Depth: 1"
- Width: 22"
- Height: 33"
- Glass beads
- This piece does not include a base.
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