Bamileke Beaded N'KANG Mask

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In Bamileke (Mbalekeo, Mileke) territories of Cameroon, the fon entrusted the guardianship of the sculptures to certain members of the community, because spreading around portions of the treasury was an insurance against frequent fires.  In spite of the ethnic and stylistic variations found in the Grassland area, similar types of  masks have been produced.


Some of them, according the tradition, had been created and consecrated by the ancestors themselves, others inspired great fear, there were masks decorated with beads, copper, and cowry shells. Most of the kingdoms used the buffalo, stag, elephant, birds masks, and masks presenting male and female human heads. They are usually worn during state ceremonies or during annual festivities. During these ceremonies, the leading dancer wears a n’kang mask which bears a false beard, and is often covered in royal paraphernalia such as cowry shells and beads. The n’kang mask is followed by other masks representing a woman, a man or an animal.

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This mask just came back from the film set. It was used in shooting of the museum scene in major motion picture.

Exhibited at “Celebrating African-American Heritage”
AlfaArt Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ February 2014

Product Details:

  • Size: 18" x 13" x 15"
  • Shipping: $80.00
  • Material: Wood, various beads, cowry shells
  • Quantity: 1 available in stock
  • SKU: #M9B11M1128

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