The Association - Along Comes Mary ~ Every time I think that I'm the only one who's lonely Someone calls on me And every now and then I spend my time at rhyme and verse And curse those faults in me And then along comes Mary And does she want to give me kicks, and be my steady chick And give me pick of memories Or maybe rather gather tales fromhe fails and tribulations No one ever sees...
Africa | Elephant mask from the Bamileke people of Cameroon | 20th century | Beads, cotton and wood | Striking beaded or tufted masks emulating elephants were the prerogative of the Kuosi association in the Bamileke region and were performed during funerals and public ceremonies to ensure prosperity. Formerly a society of warriors, the Kuosi association’s substantial dues eventually came to restrict membership to the wealthy.
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Object type: Mask Materials: horn, vegetal fibre, cowrie, human hair, textile Legend: The kunggang of the Bamileke belong to an important association of healers and headmen, and for the purification of villages. They represent the power of intervention against sorcery. Place of collecting: Cameroon Culture: Bamileke