This Kuosi Society mask would have been worn in a Bamileke masquerade. You may notice from the round ears and the trunk-like flaps that this mask is meant to resemble the head of an elephant. Elephants and beadwork are symbols of political power in the Cameroon grasslands, where this piece was made. The person who wore this would have also worn a complete costume including a long tunic and a headdress. Have a question on your next visit at the Museum? Download our #askbkm app and ask away.
Shared by brooklynmuseum (Brooklyn Museum) and selected for Art.