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Headcrest in the form of a simian

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The expressionist and aggressive qualities of Cameroon sculpture are well represented by the forms of this mask. It was made for use by the kweifo society of men, a regulatory society that maintains justice and appears at funerals of its prominent members. The crest represents a simian, most...

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Provenance

March, 1984, collected in Cameroon by Charles Davis, Davis Gallery, New Orleans; April 18, 1984, sold by Davis Gallery to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1992, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 23, 1992)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Cameroon Grassfields, Aghem, mid 20th century

Object Place

Cameroon

Dimensions

31.75 cm (12 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1992.413

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks