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Helmet Crest (Babanki-Tungo)

 

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Of a classical Babanki style, with rather narrow, long face, big eyes and open mouth which were painted white. The pierced pattern on the cowl of this mask recalls a tarantula, and represents the wool cap worn by princes who were responsible for naming a ruler’s successor.

Hardwood, glossy brown patina,

kaolin traces around eyes and mouth

Height 49 cm

Babanki-Tungo, Cameroon

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