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Interlocking spiders and chameleons surmount the gorilla head on this mask, worn in dances that stressed the power of the chief. The mask represents Mabu, one of the chief's emissaries.

Provenance

April, 1984, collected in Cameroon. October, 1984, sold by Harris Brown Gallery, Boston, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, fractional gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1995)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Kom peoples, Cameroon, 19th–20th century

Object Place

Western Grassfields, Cameroon

Dimensions

38.73 cm (15 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1994.402

Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks