The mask below has been vetted as authentic.
These masks have beads carefully embroidered onto cloth. They take the form of an important royal icon, the elephant, with its long trunk and large ears. The patterns on the front and back panels suggest another royal icon, the leopard. The display of wearing these richly embellished masks and other regalia at court ceremonies was the best evidence of the wealth of a Bamileke kingdom.
Some of the masks have lost beads. The masks were photographed on a temporary stand; mounted
permanently, the sagging ears can be braced up. On some, uneven lighting causes
the top to be too light. The color is most accurate in the closeups and
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