Beaded Kuosi Elephant Mask Topped With Leopard Figure - Tribal Art
This elephant mask is characterised by the long flowing cloth beset with a lavish geometrical pattern of coloured beads and vibrant red cloth trim. The pattern on the front consists of white, green and blue beads in a triangular and diamond pattern. The back is decorated with a subtly different pattern of green, white and yellow beads. The differently coloured bottom further enhances the character of this uniquely gorgeous piece. The mask itself is decorated in the same manner as the front cloth and is flanked by two eye-catching elephant ears decorated with concentric diamonds. An exquisite leopard decorated with yellow, blue, red and white beads stands atop the mask with its red and blue woven tail hanging of.
Dimensions approx. 159 x 33 x 35 cm
Beaded art from the Cameroon Grasslands collected between 1985 and 2005. Rulers throughout the many Kingdoms in the Cameroon Grassland region (Bamileke –Bamum -Tikar) employed a range of Regalia to assert their political, economic and religious power. Presented publicly in lavish displays of wealth and power, many court objects were distinguished by their elaborate bead embroidery. Imported from Venice, Bohemia or Amsterdam, glass beads were considered a luxury material whose use and distribution were controlled by the King. The decoration of objects with vast quantities of brilliantly colored beads transformed utilitarian objects into symbols of royal status and prestige.
All lots are in the state the collector acquire them. No restorations or cleaning has been performed.