Lot: 17792nd 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||
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
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.
South Bend, Indiana, The Art Gallery of the Univ. of Notre Dame, Anspach Collection, March 17 - May 12, 1968, no 74