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Very rare Ngolo mask, Cameroon, 19th Century.

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Very rare Ngolo mask, Cameroon, 19th Century.

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This mask was collected by a Swede in Cameroon c. 1885-1895. It comes from a school collection in Sundsvall. Probably donated to the school from the Swedish Academy of Sciences. The Academy of Sciences spread, during the 19th century, out parts of their collections to schools in Sweden for educational purposes.

Three other masks of this style are known:

1. A mask in the Institute of Ethnography in Leningrad. Collected by Liander in the beginning of the 1890´s and acquired to the institute 1895. Published in  "Negro Art from the institute of Ethnography, Leningrad" by Dmitry Olderogge and Werner Forman, 1969. Described as coastal Cameroon with a collector note "Issong fetish". It´s also published in "The art of tropical Africa" Moscow: Iskusstvo 1986, described as Masque Cameroun, Bois sculpté et noirci. H. 29 cm, MAE no 555-80, Acquis en 1895. Recueilli par Liander. Inédit.

                                                                                                                         2. A mask in the collection of the Ethnographic Museum in Stockholm acquired to the Museum 1893, collection no: 1893. 04.0092. Collected by M. Nennes who was in Cameroon in the beginning of the 1890´s.  Described as  N´golo, Cameroon. H. 29,5 cm. This mask was Exhibited at "Negerkonst", 1953, National Museum, Stockholm and exhibited at "Persona" 2009, Royal Museum for Central Afrika, Tervuren.                                                                                  

3. A mask published 1898, by Leo Frobenius in "Die Masken und Geheimbünde Afrikas" figure 55 described as Cameroon. Very similar to No 2, could possibly be the same mask.

Liander and Nennes was in Cameroon in the 1890´s. You can see them on the group photo. The Ethnographic Museum in Stockholm has many pieces in the collection collected by the men in this group photo from Cameroon, Christmas 1891. Many of them worked for Knut Knutson who had a business in Cameroon 1883-1895. This mask is most likely collected by one of this men.

The Ngolo tribe are situated in south west Cameroon and they are connected with the Bakundu people.

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