Babanki Tribe Beaded Elephant Mask ~24.8" Tall (New 2024) - West African Artifacts

African Angel ArtsSKU: AA03034

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Description

Dimensions: H:24.8" W:3.9" L:8.7" Weight: 2.4 lbs.

Babanki Tribe Beaded Elephant Mask

These beaded elephant masks are typically carved from wood, with skilled Babanki artisans meticulously threading beads and cowrie shells onto the wood. The beads and cowrie shells are arranged in intricate patterns and designs, often using vibrant colors to create visually striking effects. They are worn during funeral processions and dance ceremonies. Babanki regard the elephant as a royal animal and these masks are only worn by tribal leaders of higher rank. The Babanki people live in the northwestern Cameroon.

About the Tribe

The Babanki people live in the northwest region of Cameroon. They speak Kejom, a Bantu language, mainly in Babanki Tungoh and Big Babanki communities. Elephant masks are a tradition they share with their Bamileke neighbors.

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