Beautiful Babanki Elephant Mask 28" - Cameroon - African Art

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Seller: tracker57 ✉️ (318) 100%, Location: Highland Mills, New York, US, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 144459456171 Beautiful Babanki Elephant Mask 28" - Cameroon - African Art. Beautiful Babanki Elephant Mask 28" - Cameroon - African Art. BABANKI STYLE ELEPHANT MASK, also known as BALI ELEPHANT MASK- WESTERN GRASSLANDS This mask is a Babanki Elephant Mask from Cameroon. It was brought over from Africa near 27 years ago. The mask depicts an elephant. It measures 28 inches tall and weighs ~ 4 pounds. There is some wear in spots. Most of the wooden masks from the Cameroon Grasslands of this type belong to an ensemble of some twenty masks owned by royal lineages and chiefs that are performed during funerals and annual festivals. These lineage masks include both anthropomorphic and zoomorphic types, the latter representing such animals as buffaloes, apes, sheep and various species of birds. Elephant masks are only occasionally included in this group, since the elephant, like the leopard, is considered a royal animal and the use of an elephant mask is therefore the special privilege of certain lineages. Whenever an elephant masquerader is present, he assumes the second most important position after the human kam masquerader. The elephant figure is the first to appear on the dance ground and the last to leave it, and in accordance with his status, his movements are stately and slow. The elephant mask is worn horizontally on the head and can be classified in the well-known Babanki style of the northwestern Grasslands. Great add or start to a collection! Condition: Vintage but good condition with some wear but no breaks or repairs., Depth (Inches): 3", Type of Object: Mask, Tribe Information: The Bamileke People, Color: Brown, Material: Wood, Overall Condition: Some wear., Approximate Age: 30-35 years +, Ethnicity: Babanki, Weight (Pounds): 4 lbs, Animal: Elephant, Width (Inches): 10", Height Range: 28", Height (Inches): 28", Original/Reproduction: Original, Tribe: Bamileke, Country of Origin: Cameroon

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