A magnificent and imposing ceremonial NGI Bulu helmet monkey mask, mid/second part of the 20th century, Cameroon.
This beautifully carved mask shows really good, positive sings of use and having been handled and danced in, resulting in a gorgeous patina throughout. It still retain some of the blues pigment in the incisions of the forehead, indentations of the ears and below the nose as well as part of the woven wicker framework used to secure the mask. Such masks were usually used during transition ceremonies of the Bulu tribes where the monkey character was used to emphasise various lessons.
The monkey is frequently depicted / sculpted / carved / encountered in local Bulu objects and denotes the sacredness of the animal, worshiped due to its intelligence, humour and survival skills. Monkeys also play a major role in the legends of the tribe and are happily referred to during night stories around the campfire.
This is a really beautiful example, well crafted with character.
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ex Private Collection New York, USA
- Grupo étnico/cultura
- Región / país
- mediados del siglo XX
- Se vende con soporte
- 29×14×22 cm