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Cameroon elephant masks, then and now

While doing research on the incredible¬†Babanki elephant headdress in the last Sotheby’s sale, I encountered this wonderful field-photo (unfortunately withouth any contextual information).

(image courtesy of Henning Christoph)

(image courtesy of Henning Christoph)

The contrast with the field-photo below, taken in Oku in 1976, was so striking I just had to share it.

(image source: "African Masks: From the Barbier-Mueller Collection", 2002, p. 63)

(image source: “African Masks from the Barbier-Mueller Collection”, 2002, p. 63)

More wonderful Henning Christoph field-photos can be found here (scroll down).