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Zoomorphic Mask

Grassfields Peoples, Cameroon

Wood

Anonymous Gift

18 x 10 x 8 inches

The ethnic provenance of this mask cannot be identified with precision as it reflects the aesthetics of a number of Grassfields peoples. The mask most probably represents a buffalo, especially in its horns, muzzle, and flat bovinous teeth. Grassfields peoples associate buffalo with royalty and authority, and buffalo masks are danced by members of regulatory societies at funerals and other moments of crisis
and transition.

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