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Creator Nationality: Africa, Cameroon, grassfields, Kom, early 20th Century
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Cameroon, grassfields, Kom, early 20th Century
Title: Monkey Mask with Leopards on Top
Title Type: Primary
Creation Start Date: 1895
Creation End Date: 1905
Creation Date: c. 1900
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Wood and pigment
Dimensions: Overall: 33cm x 63.5cm x 41.9cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1971.66
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William D. Wixom in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph M. Coe
Style or Period: Africa, Cameroon, grassfields, Kom, early 20th Century
Context: Various kingdoms in Cameroon have royal masking societies that help maintain community values defined by ancestral law. This mask serves as a runner, a messenger, or sometimes as an executioner. In African art, animals are used as metaphors for human actions and qualities: monkeys suggest agility and talkativeness; while leopards -- the primary symbol of royal leadership -- symbolize pride, strength, speed, cunning, and beauty.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1971.66
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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