Beaded Ram Dancing Group Mask Covered With Kauris - Tribal Art
An exquisite mask resembling a ram. The whole mask is covered in a gorgeous layer of cowrie shells. The shells show a beautiful patina which compliments their natural texture. The two rounded horns of the sculpture are decorated with red beads in an elegant diamond pattern. Starting from the mask’s nose, a line of dark blue beads runs along the length of the mask. The open mouth of the mask is strikingly decorated with red, white and blue glass beads that resemble the lips, teeth and tongue of an animal.
Dimensions approx. 42 x 30 x 17 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.