Cameroonian masks usually carry gender associations. This is a male mask, identified by its headdress and beard. Frequently worn in ensemble performances, such masks can be seen at funeral celebrations of elders and other prominent people, as well as at annual festivals demonstrating loyalty to the fon, or king.
- Culture: Kom
- Medium: Wood, hair, accumulated/applied materials
- Place Made: Grassfields region, Northwest Province, Cameroon
- Dates: late 19th or early 20th century
- Dimensions: 17 x 9 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. (43.2 x 24.2 x 14.6 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 74.66.3
- Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Friede
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Kom. Mask, late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, hair, accumulated/applied materials, 17 x 9 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. (43.2 x 24.2 x 14.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Friede, 74.66.3. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Wooden mask of human face with crescent-shaped beard. The mouth is open and teeth are clenched. Ears protrude on either side of face. A crescent shaped crown appears on top of head. Eyes are almond shaped and outlined. CONDITION: Lower left corner of beard void, with some flaking of patina.
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)