African Tribal Mask

Babanki Seated Ancestor Figure, Cameroon, African Tribal Art


Babanki Seated Ancestor Figure, Cameroon, African Tribal Art
Babanki Seated Ancestor Figure, Cameroon, African Tribal Art
Babanki Seated Ancestor Figure, Cameroon, African Tribal Art
Babanki Seated Ancestor Figure, Cameroon, African Tribal Art
Babanki Seated Ancestor Figure, Cameroon, African Tribal Art
Babanki Seated Ancestor Figure, Cameroon, African Tribal Art
Babanki Seated Ancestor Figure, Cameroon, African Tribal Art
Babanki Seated Ancestor Figure, Cameroon, African Tribal Art

Babanki Seated Ancestor Figure, Cameroon, African Tribal Art    Babanki Seated Ancestor Figure, Cameroon, African Tribal Art

H32.5 x H15 x D12.5 cm. Cameroon Grasslands (see ethnographic notes below). Sells tribal objects which have been used, in some cases, for many, many years.

African Origins has been trading online since 2007. We are constantly on the look out for interesting objects to add to our collection.

Where possible, we will specify the provenance of important individual tribal objects. Notes: The Grasslands is a large cultural area located in central Cameroon inhabited by a number of related peoples including the Bamun, the Bamileke and the Bamenda Tikar. Within these complexes are numerous smaller ethnic groups whose members pay allegiance to their chief (Fon). Statuary often represents the Fon and many types of meticulously beaded objects are related to his investiture. These peoples reserve their highest allegiance for their lineage ancestors whose spirits are embodied in the skulls of the deceased. Recognizing the importance of the skull, representations of the head are found in nearly all decorated ceremonial and utilitarian objects. Animal imagery abounds in the art of the Grasslands. The buffalo and the elephant, representing strength and stamina, are found on Bamun masks which are not made to cover the face but instead top a bamboo cage covered by palm fibers which conceal the head of the wearer. Admiring her creativity and her intelligence, the Bamileke incorporate the spider into their elegantly carved beds and stools. Living underground, the spider also provides an important link to the deceased ancestors and is thus doubly venerated. Leopards, lizards, birds and a few lively but unidentifiable animals are portrayed on a wide array of bright, beaded objects on display. Textiles from the Grasslands include resist-dyed indigo Ndop cloths used by the Bamun both as clothing and to demarcate ritual spaces.

Colorful Bamileke elephant masks have beaded faces and round ears sewn onto dark panels of cloth lined with Ndop. The item "Babanki Seated Ancestor Figure, Cameroon, African Tribal Art" is in sale since Friday, August 10, 2018.

This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\African". The seller is "joburger63" and is located in Mallacoota. This item can be shipped worldwide.

  1. Original/Reproduction: Original
  2. Originating Region: Africa
  3. Material: Carved Timber
  4. Tribe: Babanki
  5. Origin: Cameroon
  6. Catagory: African Sculpture
  7. Medium: African Tribal Arts
  8. Provenance: Ownership History Available
  9. Era: 1960s
  10. Product Type: Elephant Masks


Babanki Seated Ancestor Figure, Cameroon, African Tribal Art    Babanki Seated Ancestor Figure, Cameroon, African Tribal Art