The Widekum Tukum crest mask represents a stylized wooden figure with articulated limbs that are attached to the torso by pegs. The figure has a skeletal head, open mouth baring metal teeth, raised keloids at the temples and human hair. The wooden form is covered with a dyed antelope hide with a basketry base that is attached to the dancer’s head. Widekum masks were danced during initiations, funerals and at ceremonies of their tribal regulatory society.
Origin: Cameroon, Cross River region
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: From a Paris collection, published Ceci nest pas one coiffe, Galerie Ethiopia & RGC, 2006
Materials: Wood, antelope hide and leather with custom stand
Dimensions: 10 in. high x 7 in. wide
Condition: Appears in good condition with some cracking and loss of hide
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