MASSIVE SIZE. Vintage Early / Mid 20th Century Cameroon Bamileke Wooden Helmet Mask with Carved Crocodile Headress
MASSIVE SIZE. Vintage Early / Mid 20th Century Cameroon Bamileke Wooden Helmet Mask with Carved Crocodile Headress
MASSIVE SIZE. Vintage Early / Mid 20th Century Cameroon Bamileke Wooden Helmet Mask with Carved Crocodile Headress
MASSIVE SIZE. Vintage Early / Mid 20th Century Cameroon Bamileke Wooden Helmet Mask with Carved Crocodile Headress
MASSIVE SIZE. Vintage Early / Mid 20th Century Cameroon Bamileke Wooden Helmet Mask with Carved Crocodile Headress
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MASSIVE SIZE. Vintage Early / Mid 20th Century Cameroon Bamileke Wooden Helmet Mask with Carved Crocodile Headress

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This is an amazing genuine vintage Bebungu Helmet Mask - which would have been worn by the Bamileke people of the Cameroon grasslands.

It dates to the early to middle of the 20th Century - so definitely NOT a modern piece which has been made for the tourist market.

It is made of hardwood - and the mask appears to have been carved from one single piece of wood. The headdress part of the mask is made up of conjoined lizard or crocodile type creatures.

These helmet masks would have probably been worn by the tribes Ju-Ju dancers at feasts.

This is a nicely carved example - as you can see from my photographs, more can be supplied on request to seriously interested parties.

This helmet mask is very large - it measures 56 cm in height (22 inches) and with a diameter of about 33 cm (13 inches). It weighs a stonking 4 kg in weight.

It is in good condition - with an attractive patina of age. There are a couple of age-related or weather-related cracks to the wood here and there - commensurate with age - and of course now stable.

This is a fabulous decorator's piece - and a genuine collector's item.

Sadly, due to its weight, I cannot post outside of the UK

I will have to send Parcelforce48 to you - tracked and fully insured in transit.

I bought this piece for my own personal pleasure from a reputable auction house many years ago.

Please feel free to ask me any further questions.