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Head Crest (Tu Ngünga)

This head crest has been associated with a masquerade that was part of a festival called patambuo, which was created by King Njoya around 1910, but which was held for only a few years. Celebrated in conjunction with a successful harvest, the festival included masked performances and the distribution of salt and various agricultural products by the king to his wives, the princes and princesses, and lineage heads, who in turn gave it to their dependents and attendants.

Bamum kingdom, Cameroon
Head Crest (Tu Ngünga)
First quarter of the 20th century
Wood, pigment, fiber, raffia
H. 29 in. (73.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 76.69