Lot: 214

102nd Auction

Mask of a notable, late 19th / early 20th century

Cameroon Grassfields, Babanki / Kom (Bekom)

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
American Broadcasting Company (ABC), New York, USA
Walt Disney Company, Burbank, California, USA
Los Angeles Private Collection, USA
H: 21.1 inch 5000 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, pigment residues, collection label "abc N.Y.- Art A-0309", base

Masks are owned by several constituencies within Grassfields kingdoms, but primarily by the regulatory society "kwifoyn" and important lineages.

Kwifoyn and lineage masks perform publicly at the commemorative death celebrations of Fons and title-holders and at the kingdoms annual dance, a high point of celebration during the festive cycle of the dry season.