Mask known as Batcham Bamileke
H.: 60.5 cm.
Anthropo-zoomorphic mask representing the head of a hippopotamus ("dzetshe") emerging from the waters. The volumes that make up the face are imposing: large erect ears, large almond-shaped eyes set horizontally on protruding cheeks projected forward, the nostrils are dilated and the open mouth shows large teeth. The whole rests on a cylindrical base.
This mask was worn as a crest by a man who adjusted the opening of the cylindrical neck on his head wrapped in a hood. It is only used on rare occasions (funeral and enthronement of the king) organized by a high dignitary of the msop society who wears it while performing the royal dance of
tso (elephant dance).
Object made specifically for colonial trade with an obvious decorative interest.
Consultant : Jean-Pierre LACOSTE
Automatically translated by DeepL. To see the original version, click