WOOD, LENGTH 44CM
MAMBILA, CAMEROON, NIGERIA
The Mambila live in the northwestern region of Cameroon. They produce a large number of ancestor statues and very simplistic, but extremely powerful masks, most of them with very pronounced animal features, very often like this particular mask in the shape of a dog’s head. These masks were worn at tribal dances celebrating the end of the planting season. The leading dancer is followed by a row of assistants wearing dog’s head or cow’s head masks. Very good condition.