The head and mask below have been sold and are left here for educational and research purposes.
Photographs © Hamill
The Bamileke reserve their highest allegiance for their linear ancestors whose spirits are embodied in the skulls of the deceased. Recognizing the importance of the skull, representations of the head are found in nearly all decorated ceremonial objects including these expressive masks.
Although exquisitly carved, our Bamileke masks show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.
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