230611 - Large Royal Bamileke elephant mask with glass beads - Cameroon.


Large Rare Royal Bamileke elephant mask with glass beads, Grasfields Cameroon.

Hand carved from a single piece of wood with glass beads.

Height: 66 cm.

Beautiful royal bamileke elephant mask from the grass fields of Cameroon. Objects reserved only for notables and high-ranking dignitaries in the lawn societies of Cameroon, because beadwork is an exclusive royal art. Generally used to symbolize the king's strength, greatness and power. 

Object of protection and prosperity in high society. Mask used for the NyanNyan initiation and enthronement ceremony.