Maskers dance barefoot in these colorful costumes to a drum and gong, moving slowly as they wave poles with blue and white beaded tips trimmed with horsehair the mask's lavish use of colored beads and cowrie shells displayed the wealth of the members of the kuosi society and its colors and patterns expressed the. African mask making overview outline 1 overview outline 2 image gallery 3 introduction 4 essential questions 5 objectives 6 subjects for which this plan is appropriate 7 lesson explain how some of the cultural roles and functions addressed by mask production have parallels in our society 5. (jazzy piano music) - [voicover] we're in the brooklyn museum looking at this magnificent beaded mask - [voiceover] this mask is covered in beads it was danced by the members of the elephant society, the kuosi society, in the bamileke kingdom of cameroon - [voiceover] cameroon is a country in central africa but.
The elite kuosi masking society controls the right to own and wear elephant masks, and the society assists the fon, or king, as preserver and enforcer of the catalogue description elephant mask composed of cloth to which various colored beads have been sewn, and wearing its own complimentary hat the cloth. In the image to the left, you see the kuosi masqueraders with their beaded elephant masks and feathered headressses each society has its own special house, its own masks, costumes, dances and a secret language, and acting on behalf of the king to establish order and to preserve social and religious.
These two special societies make use of the beaded cloth elephant mask, mdap mteng (meaning 'animal with huge ears' called tukum, tcho or aka in some sources), during tso elephant ritual dances, bi-annual cultural festivals and at funerals of kings and dignitaries the bamileke believe that the elephant represents.
It has been accepted for inclusion in beads: journal of the society of bead glass beads have long played an important role in the art elephant's trunk the chief sometimes wears a cloth disk 40-70 cm in width (fig 7) the whole thing is entirely figure 7 disc-topped elephant mask grassfields.
The mask's lavish use of colored beads and cowrie shells displayed the wealth of the members of the kuosi society and its colors and lot 155 : f - masque- cagoule éléphant, bamiléké, cameroun [a bamileke beaded elephant mask, cameroon] description tou-poum, fait d'une toile de fibres de raphia.
Wearing a beaded cloth mask with elephantine features, kuosi members perform the elephant dance (tso) in public on ritual occasions, major festivals, and funerals one such association is the kuosi (or kwosi), which began as a warrior's or regulatory society and evolved into one composed of wealthy titled men kuosi.
Among the bamileke people of cameroon in west africa, elephant masks were traditionally worn by important leaders, as well as their deputies or messengers signifying kingship and wealth, these masks were worn by the ruling kuosi society, which included royalty, the wealthy, and high-ranking warriors. The frontal panel of the mask forms the trunk and the side circles representing the ears form flaps that gyrate as the person wearing the mask dances in a rhythmical manner the elephant masks were common in gatherings where the kuosi society had to display its power and significance in the bandjuon kingdom.