A fine example of a large heavy African hand carved wooden elephant mask, probably Babanki in origin, with coin,cowry shell, and copper band decoration, adorned with grass as hair. The Babanki people, who live in the western grassland of the Cameroon, share the tradition of elephant masks with their neighbors, the Bamileke.They are worn on top of the head during dance ceremonies and funeral processions. The elephant is considered a royal animal among the Babanki, so these masks are reserved for higher ranking tribal leaders. This mask probably dates to the early to mid 20th century and is in very good condition, with great overall patina and minor losses and imperfections, as well as wear commensurate with age and use. A great decorator piece for your tribal decor! Dimensions: Approximately 48” H x 13” W x 12” D. Ref: 8


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Large African Ceremonial Carved Wooden Elephant Mask, Probably Babanki


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