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See Art of Cameroon (2008, p. 183, cat no. 71) catalogue of the Rietberg Museum, Zurich, for another mask from this same workshop, which is believed to have been active in the late teens to early 1920’s. This mask is remarkable and clearly distinctive for its combination of enormous proportions tamed by fine lines as evidenced by the delicate medial ridge and framing of the almond-shaped eyes, the narrowed snout with faring nostrils is another hallmark of this artist or workshop. We can clearly see the association of the iconic Batcham headdresses in the fine lines, full proportions and oblique angle of the horns which corresponds to the angle of the Batcham mask crests.
‘Large animal masks are worn during many masquerades in the Grassfelds. Whereas buffalo masks like this one are clearly recognizable, it is not always easy to identify the animals represented in other cases, especially when the mask combines characteristics of different creatures. Buffalo masks are popular... Strength, courage and power is attributed to the buffalo; attributed which are also ftting for every king’ (Homberger in op.cit.).