Collection

Paddle Figures

Paddle Figures

Bamun (Bamum), Cameroon.
Mid 20th Century,
Wood, Applied Beads, and Shell Decoration, Ht. 40"" each.

These large, carved wooden figures are said to characteristic of the Namji tribe, an extension of the Bamun (Bamum) peoples of Northern and Western Cameroon. These ‘paddle’ shaped figures are known for their overly elongated limbs and abstract and slightly mannerist style, containing extremely small, globular heads, and colorful decorations of multiple rows of beads and attached cowie shells. When plain and undecorated they are seen as simple girls' dolls, but when dressed they are believed to take on magical qualities and become powerful fetish representations of protective fertility spirits.

Throwing Club Rangu

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Maasai, Kenya

Wood Mask

Wood Mask

Punu, Gabon

Pair of Heddle Pulleys

Pair of Heddle Pulleys

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Face Mask with Braided Headdress

Face Mask w/Braided Headdress

Dan, Ivory Coast

Paddle Figures

Paddle Figures

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Sande Helmet Mask

Sande Helmet Mask

Bassa, Liberia

Hornbill with Figures

Hornbill with Figures

Baga, Guinea

Face Mask with Hinged Jaw

Face Mask with Hinged Jaw

Ibo (Igbo), Nigeria

Eket Face Mask

Eket Face Mask

Ibibio, Nigeria

Kifwebe Mask

Kifwebe Mask

Songye, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Baboon Mask

“Baboon” Mask

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Face Mask

Face Mask

Fang, Gabon

Sun Mask

Sun Mask

Bwa, Burkina Faso

Large Animal Helmet Mask

Large Animal Helmet Mask

Bobo, Mali