Male Mask of Authority and Prestige

style of the Kingdom of Babanki, Western Grassfields, Cameroon, Central Africa, Africa

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19th-early 20th century

Wood

Overall: 18 7/8 in. (48 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through a gift from the Bernstein Development Foundation

990.14.27076

Geography/Culture

Africa, Central Africa, Cameroon

Period

19th-20th century

Object Name

Ceremonial Artifact: Mask

Classification

Africa

Not on view

Course History

ARTH 16.2, Picasso: The Vollard Suite, Michael R.Taylor, Fall 2013

AAAS 11, Introduction to African Studies, Naaborko Sackeyfio, Spring 2013

Exhibition History

Evolving Perspectives: Highlights from the African Art Collection at the Hood Museum of Art, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26, 2013-April 6, 2014.

Imaging West Africa in Mask and Costume, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, December 31, 1994 - March 5, 1995.

Peoples and Cultures of Africa, Anthropology 44, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 29 - December 18, 1994.

Faces of Culture: Masks from the Permanent Collection of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, November 1, 1991-November 1, 1993.

Curator's Choice: Recent Acquisitions and Loans from the Harry A. Franklin Collection; Cheatam Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

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

Barbara Thompson, "The African Collection at the Hood Museum of Art," African Arts, Volume XXXVII, No. 2, Los Angeles: African Studies Center, University of California, 2004, ill. p. 26.

Tamara Northern, Expressions of Cameroon Art: The Franklin Collection, Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Rembrandt Press, 1986, p. 59, figure 51.

Tamara Northern, The Art of Cameroon, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1984, p. 152, figure 83.

Provenance

Collected by Harry A. Franklin (1904-1983), Los Angeles, California, date unknown; bequeathed to the Harry A. Franklin Family Collection, Los Angeles, California, 1983; Sotheby's, The Harry A. Franklin Family Collection of African Art, Sale 6001, New York, April 21, 1990, lot 197; sold to the present collection, 1990.

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