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A fine Bangwa skin-covered Janis-form helmet mask

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A fine Bangwa skin-covered Janis-form helmet mask
The skin-covered mask traditions found throughout the Cross River area of Nigeria, West Africa were eagerly adopted by the Bangwa, living wholly inside the country of Cameroon. Created for royal masquerades, these Janus faced helmet masks could be quite powerful and haunting, as seen in this old example. This is a classic example of the type, made from the core section of a single piece of dense wood, then covered with the hide of an antelope, painted and further embellished with bits of mirror. 17.25"H x 10.50"Diam, in fine condition with some losses and disintegration of the skin covering and mirror sections; overall loosening of hide commensurate with age. Provenance: Bart collection, NYC and FL, since the 1950's.

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