Hi, the bronze headdress is an African Tsesah Batcham mask from the Grasslands in Cameroon, but as far as authenticity and age I can t help you as I don t knowMessage 1 of 4 , Dec 21 1:14 PMView SourceHi, the bronze headdress is an African Tsesah Batcham mask from the Grasslands in Cameroon, but as far as authenticity and age I can't help you as I don't know a lot on bronze pieces.
From: dorisn526 <dorisn526@...>
Sent: Friday, 21 December 2012, 12:00
Subject: [African_Arts] Re: Bronze African Head need info
Thank you for a very good starting point. I found this info: http://www.randafricanart.com/Batcham_Headdress.html. If anyone else has any more info to contribute, it would be greatly appreciated.
Also, I am wondering about the "authenticity" of the piece and it's approximate value.
--- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, "Lee Rubinstein" <leerubinstein@...> wrote:
> I haven't found much detailed information about this form which is referred to as Batcham-style mask from Cameroon -- rendered in various sizes in both metal and wood. There is, however an example with a wonderful anecdotal -- although not contextual -- description associated with a similar example which came from the estate of Katharine Hepburn:
> I'm sorry that this link does not offer much ethnographic or symbolic insight, but it does illustrate perhaps the best known example.
> --- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, "dorisn526" <dorisn526@> wrote:
> > Greetings,
> > I purchased this mask in upstate New York:
> > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/African_Arts/photos/album/1696664824/pic/l\
> > ist
> > <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/African_Arts/photos/album/1696664824/pic/\
> > list> . All the information I have is that it is an African bronze head
> > with basket base from the West Coast. I would appreciate any information
> > anyone can provide. Some questions I have are:
> > - from where specifically/tribe.
> > - What is the significance/symbolism of the high forehead and markings
> > - what is the use and symbolism of the "ball" in the mouth
> > - how was the mask used since there is a cap attached to the base and
> > yet a weaved ring in the back.
> > ... and any other insights would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much
> > in advance.
> > Doris