Lot: 17895th Tribal Art Auction
Yams cult mask "mma ji"
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Heinrich Siemers, Bayreuth, Germany (coll.1969/70 in Cameroon)||H: 14.4 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, pigments, plant fibre, cord, base The upright projection on this mask represents a yam-cutting knife "mma ji", which gave the mask its name. Accordingly, the masks appear, among others, at dances of the "ikwum" society, performed to thank ancestors for the strength given to men to cultivate fields.