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Traditional Bamileke Elephant Mask I

Traditional Bamileke Elephant Mask I

$205.00

Elephant Masks are inspired by elephants features. Elephants are imposing animals by their size and strength. These days, Elephant Masks are worn during traditional Bamiléké celebrations without too much restrictions. They are often combined with Juju Hats, creating an impressive attire. In the past, only men representing or serving the Chief could wear those masks. Elephant Masks represent wealth and political power and were first worn by the Kuosi Society, Bamiléké living in the West Cameroon grassland. Earlier masks were made with beads from Venetian. Those beads were obtained during the trade in Africa. Those rare beads made the original mask very unique and valuable. Consequently, only noble men could afford this luxury masks.
Origin: Cameroon
Culture: Bamiléké
Material: Cloth with sewn colored beads

Elephant Masks are inspired by elephants features. Elephants are imposing animals by their size and strength. These days, Elephant Masks are worn during traditional Bamiléké celebrations without too much restrictions. They are often combined with Juju Hats, creating an impressive attire. In the past, only men representing or serving the Chief could wear those masks. Elephant Masks represent wealth and political power and were first worn by the Kuosi Society, Bamiléké living in the West Cameroon grassland. Earlier masks were made with beads from Venetian. Those beads were obtained during the trade in Africa. Those rare beads made the original mask very unique and valuable. Consequently, only noble men could afford this luxury masks.
Origin: Cameroon
Culture: Bamiléké
Material: Cloth with sewn colored beads

Additional Information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 14 x 10 x 10 in

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