Lot: 148

99th Auction

Helmet mask "agwe chaka"

Cameroon Grassfields, Widekum

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
August Flick, Cologne, Germany
Zemanek-Münster, 4 September 2010, Lot 398
Horst Hornstadt, Frankfurt, Germany
H: 18.1 inch sold

wood, animal skin, pigments, blackish mass,

According to Nicklin, this mask was worn during funerary rituals dedicated to members of the warrior society known as "nchibbe" ("nchibi" / "nchebi").

It depicts a kind of trickster spirit, who can cause good as well as evil.

Fagaly, William, Ancestors of Congo Square, New Orleans 2011, p. 224 f.