Bamileke Mask, kungan society, Cameroon

Anthropomorphic mask, the forehead separated by a midline that merges into a resolute crest. Beautifully stylized ears and a majestic wig made of human hair, decorated with cowrie snails and some old glass beads. This mask was used in the fight against witchcraft.


Excellent overall condition, dark patina and excellent design.


  • Price on request
  • Private German Collection, Stuttgart
  • Exhibited 2003/2004: Animals, Masks & Magic (staatliches Naturkundemuseum, Stuttgart, Germany), see pictures.
  • Listed in van Rijn Archive of Tribal Art: No 0155293
  • Bamileke, Ku'ngan Society
  • Cameroon
  • 105 cm
  • Human hair, cowrie, plant fiber, brass, glass bead and  a golden St. Christopher's plaque.
  • Before 1950

The lost Ku n'gan Triplet

This mask had belonged to the King of Bana, Cameroon, for many years. But when the mask could not save the king, his name was "Fon Happi II Taffou", from the deadly sleeping sickness, he gave it to the man who had been able to do exactly that. Even though the mask lost its magic through this act, it has kept a special secret until today:  it belongs to a previously unknown trio of Ku n'gan masks of outstanding aesthetics and impact. It is the Lost Ku n'gan Triplet. read full story

Bamileke mask from "ku n'gan" society with human hair, cowries and golden plaque.

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