Tribal Art

African glass beaded masks. Large game animals with massive bodies, were associated with power, and elephant masks, worn on the top of the head, were an important part of every ritual dance sequence. Such headpieces were worn on the head by retainers at the courts of various grassland kingdoms in Cameroon. They appeared at ceremonies associated with planting and harvesting as well as other events celebrating the rulers or simply as entertainment for the king and his court. The art of the grassland area of Cameroon is a royal art, devoted to the veneration of ancestors and the enrichment of the Fon, or main chief.

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