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Babanki Elephant Mask, Western Grassland, Cameroon

$2,450.00
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ELPMK
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H: 48 inches, W: 10 inches, D: 11 inches

 

Material: Wood 

 

Elephant Masks are occasionally included in the anthropomorphic and zoomorphic types of masks. This is because the elephant, like the leopard, is considered a royal animal and the use of the mask is therefore the special privilege of certain lineages.

 

Whenever an elephant masquerader (dancer) 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; and in accordance with his status, his movements are stately and slow.

 

This fine and rare massive elephant mask, cared out of a single block of wood, with seven Lizards on the mask are presumed to be protectors and are part of the Babanki mythology. Shows some cracks due to age, and change of weather.... but in an excellent condition. 

 

 

 

 

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