- Museum number
Wooden mask, large, with distended cheeks and openwork pattern on the head.
- Production date
- 1900-1943 (before 1943)
Height: 85 centimetres
Width: 49 centimetres
Depth: 36 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Masks of this type are to be worn on top of the head and are usually carved for kings, whom they are thought to represent. The swollen features symbolize the monarch's well-nourished state.
H.M. Cole (ed.), I am not myself: the art of ma, Los Angeles monograph series, no. 26 (Museum of Cultural History, University of California, 1985)
P. Gebauer, Art of Cameroon (The Portland Art Museum in association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979)
R. Bleakley, African masks (London, Thames and Hudson, 1978)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1995-96, London, Museum of Mankind, Made in Africa: Africa and the National Art Collection Fund
2002 16 Sep-01 Dec, Leeds, Henry Moore Institute, Changing Face: Masks from the British Museum
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from S.Burney according to Register; from S.Burney by NACF and then presented to BM according to NACF documents. NACF not mentioned in Ethnography Dept. Register but noted in Donors Book.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number