Bangwa ‘Lefem’ Night Society Mask
The Lefem society was a rank association reserved for the chief’s close male and female relatives.
Origin: Babagwa Chiefdom, N.W.Cameroon
Approx Age: 1945
Dimensions cm: 35 tall x 35 depth x 30 wide
Ref. Number: 1640
A very old and large Bangwa Janus helmet mask from the secret “Lefem” night society. These helmet masks are rarely seen especially in this good condition. This has received tribal restoration work but very difficult to see. The inside of this helmet shows its true age, a stunning and rare mask that oozes strength and power.
Provenance: Collected from Babgwa Chiefdom 1980 by A.A.Gbetnkom
Photo was taken from the book Bangwa Funerary Sculpture by Robert Brain & Adam Pollock
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