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Bamileke tunic

Aka elephant mask. Bamileke (Cameroon, western grassfields region). c. 19th to 20th century C.E. Wood, woven raffia, cloth, and beads.

Africa | Tunic from the Bamileke, Bamum people of Cameroon.

The Bamileke elephant mask and costume wrapper belong to the kuosi society, once a warrior association, now an organization comprising of wealthy and accomplished men. Today, elephant masks are performed at state ceremonies and funerary festivals of kuosi members, title-holders, and the king. The elaborate beaded embroidery repeats the isosceles triangle, symbolizing the leopard. Together, the elephant and leopard imagery link this mask to the powers and abilities of the king. The masks…

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Tunic for Elephant Mask Bamileke People Cameroon Elephant Mask and Tunic 20th Century Cloth, beads and fur Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arlan Rosenbloom T-78-1-A and B The Bamileke elephant mask and costume wrapper belong to the kuosi society, once a warrior association, now an organization comprising of wealthy and accomplished men.