Lot: 50

Buffalo mask

Cameroon Grassfields, Bamileke

Provenance Size Hammer price
Robert Lewitzki, Celle, Germany
L: 22.4 inch 650 EUR

wood, pigment residues, rest., base

The buffalo is said to have strength, courage and power. After the leopard and the elephant, it is also one of the royal symbols of the grasslands.

Buffalo masks were worn by palace regulators in their roles as market police, apprehenders of wrongdoers, and court judges.


Expo cat.: "Afrikanische Kunst, Sammlung Robert Lewitzki", Albert-König-Museum (Hg.), Unterlüß, 2001, p. 17, cat. 15; Expo cat.: "Afrikanische Kunst, Sammlung Robert Lewitzki", Bomann-Museum (Hg.), Celle 2012, p. 45
Exhibited:

Unterlüß, Albert-König-Museum: "Afrikanische Kunst, Sammlung Robert Lewitzki", 11. März - 16. April 2001; Celler Schloß, Gotische Halle: "Afrikanische Kunst, Sammlung Robert Lewitzki", 10. Juli - 31 August 2012