Partly Beaded Black Kuosi Elephant Mask - Tribal Art
This elephant mask is characterised by an elegant muted colour pallet. A subtle pattern of red, white and blue beads decorates both the front and back of the piece. The head of the mask is adorned with a lizard motif made from red and green glass beads. The striking facial features are made from a dark blue cloth which has weathered to create a gorgeous muted colour.
Dimensions approx. 115 x 42 x 5 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.