Bamileke elephant masks, Cameroon

Elephant masks take the form of an important royal icon, the elephant, with its long trunk and large ears. The patterns on the front and back panels suggest another royal icon, the leopard. The display of wearing these richly embellished masks and other regalia at court ceremonies was the best evidence of the wealth of a Bamileke kingdom. The Bamileke people populate western part of the savannahs in Cameroon.

Cameroon postcard

Cameroon stamps

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