Beaded Red Head Mask - Tribal Art
This exquisitely characterful face is beset with small red glass beads whose varied weathering patterns adds a unique texture to the face itself. Details are made with beautiful blue and white glass beads. An elegant pattern of blue beads decorates the neck of the mask and cowrie shells are used to great effect along the rim of the headdress and the mask itself.
Dimensions approx. 40 x 26 x 16 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.