The Mambila live in the north western region of Cameroon. They have produced large numbers of ancestral statues, but also very simplistic, yet extremely powerful masks. Most of the masks are depicting animals with very pronounced features, many of them 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 all kinds of dog’s head, cow’s head, or other animal masks.