X77.935 Crest mask

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Crest mask
Oku peoples
19th-20th century
L: 31.70 cm, H: 27.00 cm (L: 12.4 in, H: 10.6 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Anonymous Gift. X77.935


Kingdoms of the Cameroon Grassfields have exercised social control through regulatory societies ever since the precolonial period. Among the most important of these is the Kwifoyn society. Ranked lineages, all of which owned and performed with masks, have also had their own regulatory societies. Members use a variety of zoomorphic masks to convey authority and to symbolize their powerful positions in performances. These masks take the form of animals such as a buffalo, a hybrid bovine-human, and an elephant, which are typically associated with royalty.