African, Kom peoples, Cameroon
Object Place: Western Grassfields, Cameroon
38.73 cm (15 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Interlocking spiders and chameleons surmount the gorilla head on this mask, worn in dances that stressed the power of the chief. The mask represents Mabu, one of the chief’s emissaries.
April, 1984, collected in Cameroon. October, 1984, sold by Harris Brown Gallery, Boston, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, partial gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA; 2014, acquired fully with the bequest of William Teel to the MFA. (Accession Dates: January 26, 1994 and February 26, 2014)
Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel