Funerary Headdress (Tugunga)
In the kingdoms of Cameroon, masks are often associated with the Nsoro, a secret men’s association that maintains social order and acts as a police force and court of law. Masks are worn during the funerals of the association’s members and during other official activities. Placed on top of the head so that they tower above spectators, the masks inspire respect and awe.
- Cultures: Bamum; or Tikar
- Medium: Wood, rattan, pigment
- Place Made: Grasslands region, Northwest Province, Cameroon
- Dates: late 19th century
- Dimensions: 33 x 14 3/16 x 14 3/16 in. (83.8 x 36 x 36 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is on view in African Installation Vault
- Accession Number: 73.36
- Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Melville W. Hall
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Bamum. Funerary Headdress (Tugunga), late 19th century. Wood, rattan, pigment, 33 x 14 3/16 x 14 3/16 in. (83.8 x 36 x 36 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Melville W. Hall, 73.36. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Funerary headdress. The carved head of blackened wood, decorated by an ochre pigment decoration, rests on a wood neck-base. This base is covered by basketry weavings. The forms of the face are flat in character and are marked contrast to the undulating lines of the headdress.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)