Helmet mask representing a bull's head entirely covered with glass beads. The head is treated with realism, the muzzle is wide, the powerful and curved horns, two small round eyes, rounded ears. It is completely covered with beads sewn on fabric. The mask called tsenya or tsemepfeli is only exhibited exceptionally, during major mournings and during certain rites linked to the fertility of women and the earth. It is associated with the mystical power of fon and fam (royal cemetery), it belongs to society mepfeli , one of whose functions is to control the evil spirits, especially those of the deceased who still haunt the bush and the village.
The mepfeli proves to be very active during agrarian cults and initiations. The symbolism of Taurus close to the leopard and the elephant, royal animals, evoking strength, courage, virility. Dimension: 53 x 25 x 15 cm. BAMILEKE REF B1111 Origin: CAMEROON Helmet mask representing a bull's head entirely covered with glass beads.
Dimension: 53 x 25 x 15 cm Weight: approx. The item "Mask Buffalo Pearl Bamun Bamoun Art African Ethnic Tribale 2" is in sale since Sunday, October 13, 2019.This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Other Ethnographic Antiques". The seller is "peterandclochette" and is located in Nielles-lès-Ardres. This item can be shipped worldwide.