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.
Currently Off View
- Arts of Africa
- Helmet Mask (Mambu)
- Wood and pigment
- 33.3 × 26.7 × 20.6 cm (13 1/8 × 10 1/2 × 8 1/8 in.)
- African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund