Nachlass Alberto Galaverni (1933-2013), Parma.
Mit Sockel / with base
Im Inventar der Sammlung Galaverni wie folgt beschrieben:
A Bamun Janus headdress. This Janus head is a very important specimen of Barnun art. At each court of the many kingdoms of the Cameroon grasslands, ceremonies of political, religion and social significance were quite frequent. In Fumban, at the court of the Bamun king, the display of the king’s power and richness involved the exhibition of the largest quantity and variety of ritual works. The royal treasure, normally jealously kept in special rooms, was then shown on these official occasions to a selected audience. The Janus head, fixed on a support of vegetable fibers was worn on a dancer’s head in one of these ceremonies. For its quality and age, it could have belonged to a royal treasure.