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Bamileke statue (N° 20450)
Colors and chieftaincies in African art
The rich production of African art among the people of the Cameroonian Grassland is illustrated mainly by traditional wood carvings: commemorative sculptures of kings, queens, princesses and titled servants, as well as the parents of twins.
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This carved figure ("N'Kétuok") representing an ancestor wearing a breastplate, a cup between his legs, was first carved in wood and then wrapped in a rag cloth inlaid with imported glass beads. Complex and refined beaded decoration.
Within the important Bamileke people in western Cameroon, the Bangwa constitute a small kingdom composed of nine chiefdoms. The influence of the Bamileke on Bangwa statuary is notable for relatively comparable facial features and morphology.
Typical of the Bamileke country, Bangwa statues often represent fertility but also power and fighting spirit.
Located in the border region of Nigeria, Cameroon's northwestern province, the Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups: Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun and Bamileke . Several centralized chiefdoms, or kingdoms, based on customary associations, secret societies, are organized around the Fon who is said to have broad supernatural powers including the ability to transform himself into an animal such as the python, elephant, leopard, or buffalo.
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|Origin||Ex-collection P. Malisse|
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