Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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mabuh mask
  • Bamum peoples
  • mabuh mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Cameroon
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 37 x 25.5 x 28 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 9/16 x 10 1/16 x 11 in
  • Gift of Larry W. Welling
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2924
Label Text

The helmet mask depicts a human face with a flat, round hat. The face has a short forehead, with a defined hairline. The eyes are widely spaced and bulging. It has full cheeks and a small chin. The mouth is open, revealing the teeth. The somewhat pointed ears have a tragus. The hat is flat and round, with a rounded ridge around the middle and a bottom band of dimensional points. The top is decorated with two bands of holes and a large hole in the center goes through to the hollow portion of the helmet.

Most of the mask is a very dark brown, but the recessed areas are orange.