Lot: 177

92nd Tribal Art Auction

Mask of a leader "kam"

Cameroon Grassfields, Bamileke / Babanki

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Jean Pierre Diane (1967)
Ernst and Ruth Anspach, New York, USA
Sotheby's New York, May 15, 2003, lot 113
Merton Simpson, New York, USA
Mark Eglinton, New York, USA
H: 15.4 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, pigment remains, collection number "1015" in white paint on the interior "Kam" ("nkam" or "akam") is the leader of a so-called "juju" group of dancers, who perform at death celebrations and at festivities in honour of the ancestors. As the principal mask of the "juju", which carries additional medicines and controls the other masks, its importance was occasionally compared to the position of the head of the family.


Homberger, Lorenz (Hg.), Kamerun, Kunst der Könige, Zürich 2008, ill. 132
Exhibited:

South Bend, Indiana, The Art Gallery of the Univ. of Notre Dame, Anspach Collection, March 17 - May 12, 1968, no 74