Bamileke Tribe Beaded Mask ~7.1" Tall (New 2024) - West African Artifacts

African Angel ArtsSKU: AA03349

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Description

Dimensions: H:7.1" W:4.3" L:6.3" Weight: 3.1 lbs.

Bamileke Tribe Beaded Mask

Bamileke masks are traditionally carved from wood, featuring various animal and human motifs that hold cultural and spiritual significance within Bamileke society. The addition of beads to these masks is a relatively recent development, influenced by the introduction of glass beads through trade and colonial interactions. The beadwork on Bamileke masks is meticulously done, with skilled artisans using a needle and thread to attach individual beads onto the mask's surface. The beads are often arranged in intricate patterns and can create detailed designs, symbols, and geometric motifs. The use of beads on Bamileke masks adds a vibrant and visually captivating element to the artwork. The beads not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of the masks but also serve as a form of status and prestige, highlighting the skill and craftsmanship of the mask maker. Bamileke masks with beadwork are used in various ceremonial and ritual contexts, including royal events, initiation ceremonies, funerals, and cultural performances.

About the Tribe

The Bamileke people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Cameroon, primarily residing in the west and northwestern grasslands regions of the country. The Bamileke people are believed to have migrated from Egypt between the 11th and 14th centuries. They are composed of several subgroups, each with its own distinct customs and traditions and they speak several dialects of the grassfields language family that are all closely related. They are known for their rich cultural heritage, intricate social organization, and economic activities.

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