Mask

Kom
20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Western Grassfields, Cameroon

Dimensions

38.73 cm (15 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1994.402

Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Masks

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel