Beaded Red And Blue Helmet Mask And Kauris Decorated Back - Tribal Art
This striking piece is decorated with red, blue and white glass beads of varying sizes. The eye-catching face is covered with long cylindrical blue beads and detailed with small red, white and blue beads. The simplicity of the face is offset by the gorgeous crest which is covered with a beautiful zigzag pattern of red and blue beads. The fine detailing of both face and crest is finished off by a lavish covering of cowrie shells along the back of the piece and along the edges of the crest.
Dimensions approx. 53 x 28 x 32 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.