Female Mask

Unidentified Western Grassfields maker


early 20th century

Wood, kaolin, and camwood powder

Overall: 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Harry A. Franklin Family Collection



Place Made: Western Grassfields region, Cameroon, Central Africa, Africa


20th century

Object Name

Ceremonial Artifact: Mask

Research Area


Not on view

Exhibition History

African Art: A Teaching Exhibition, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Anthropology 44, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 31-December 6, 1998.

Expressions of Cameroon Art, The Franklin Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles, California, February 1-November 15, 1986; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, June 1-September 6, 1987; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 5, 1987-January 3, 1988; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, June 6-September 4, 1988; Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan, October 3, 1988-January 8, 1989; Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, California, October 7-December 31, 1989; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, June 5, 1989-Janauary 9, 1990.

The Art of Cameroon, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., February 1-June 17, 1984;The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, July 28-September 9, 1984; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, October 6-November 25, 1984; Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, March 9-June 16, 1985; American Museum of Natural History, New York, July 15-October 15, 1985.

Publication History

Tamara Northern, Expressions of Cameroon Art, The Franklin Collection, Los Angeles: The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Rembrandt Press, 1986, p. 55, fig. 43.

Tamara Northern, The Art of Cameroon, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1984, p. 146, fig. 77.


Acquired by Harry A. Franklin (1904-1983), Los Angeles, California, date unknown; bequeathed to the Harry A. Franklin Family Collection, Los Angeles, California, 1983; lent to present collection, 1996; given to present collection, 2019.

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