MAMBILA, horizontal masks, Cameroon

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These Mambila horizontal masks were worn on the top of the head and danced in specific ceremonies and rituals. Specifically the masks below were danced in celebration of the end of the planting season. These dances are led by a tribesman wearing a cephalomorphic mask (#002 below) whom is followed by a retinue of assistants wearing secondary masks in the shape of a dog's head (#001 below) and a crow's head.

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