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In the northern part of the Cameroon Grassfields, local rulers and heads of important families possess large ensembles of up to twenty masked figures, which recreate in visual form a universe populated by humans and animals. Their stunning performances during memorial ceremonies enhance the...

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1978, acquired in Cameroon by Charles Davis, The Gallery of Primitive Man, New Orleans; March, 1978, sold by Davis to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, partial gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1995)

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Kom or related peoples, Cameroon, 20th century


38.1 x 84.45 cm (15 x 33 1/4 in.)

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Africa and Oceania