Bamileke Tribe Mask ~31.5" Tall
Bamileke Tribe Mask ~31.5" Tall
Bamileke Tribe Mask ~31.5" Tall
Bamileke Tribe Mask ~31.5" Tall
Bamileke Tribe Mask ~31.5" Tall

Bamileke Tribe Mask ~31.5" Tall

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Dimensions: H:31.5" W:15.7" L:12.6" Weight: 3.5 lbs.

Bamileke Kunga Mask from Cameroon - These masks known as kunga masks, are worn by noblemen and dignitaries of the Kungan men's society in Cameroon's southern Grassfields. They are worn at all important events and feasts, such as the coronation of a new king (or chief), ancestor worship, funeral rituals, and so on.

About the Tribe

The Cameroon-Bamileke Bantu people cluster encompasses multiple Bantu ethnic groups primarily found in Cameroon, the largest of which is the Bamileke. Between the 11th and 14th centuries, they moved to what is now northern Cameroon. They moved further south and west in the 17th century to avoid being forced to convert to Islam by the Fulani tribe. They live in a hilly and mountainous area in south-west Cameroon known as "The Grassland," which is bordered on the south by an equatorial forest and on the north by a savannah.