Zoomorphic mask

Tikar People20th century

Mudec - Museum of Cultures

Mudec - Museum of Cultures
Milan, Italy

This is a messenger mask. It would run to announce the arrival of members of the Kwifon society and maintain order by beating anyone who would disrupt it. The chameleons crowning the hippopotamus face were symbols of the royal family.


  • Title: Zoomorphic mask
  • Creator: Tikar People
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Location Created: Cameroon, Kom area
  • Physical Dimensions: h 45 cm
  • Type: Mask
  • Rights: Franco and Laura Monti Collection (27) - Museum of Cultures, Milan
  • Medium: Carved wood, kaolin
  • Collocazione: On view (room 3)

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