Helmet Mask (Mambu)

A work made of wood and pigment.

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  • A work made of wood and pigment.

Date:

Early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Wum or Fungom region, Northwest Province, Cameroon
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

n Cameroon’s Northwest Province, all-male regulatory associations called Kwifon are in charge of social control and law enforcement and use masquerades to seek the guidance of supernatural forces. This mask, with its bulging cheeks and eyes and striated hairstyle, represents mambu. Dressed with a feather costume, this character precedes the arrival of more powerful and fearsome masks during burials and funerary celebrations of important association members.

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Artist

Grasslands

Title

Helmet Mask (Mambu)

Origin

Cameroon

Date

1900–1975

Medium

Wood and pigment

Dimensions

33.3 × 26.7 × 20.6 cm (13 1/8 × 10 1/2 × 8 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1966.411

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