Beaded Blue Buffalo Dancing Group Mask - Tribal Art
A gorgeous blue buffalo mask. The wooden mask is beset with blue cylindrical glass beads. The tips of the horns are beautifully covered with contrasting red beads. The eyes are decorated with concentric red and orange beads. The open mouth of the mask sports a stunning set of teeth fashioned from white and blue glass beads.
Dimensions approx. 43 x 32 x 15 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.