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Bangwa statue (N° 17408)

In African art, sculpted works or N 'Kétuok , in Bamiléké country, are distinguished by a regular use of cowries and pearls, sewn on a raffia canvas, marrying in a learned polychromy. . The latter make it possible to identify the chiefdom from which they come. These prestigious statues representing servants, were arranged alongside the royal throne on the occasion of certain ceremonies and originate from one of the nine Bangwa kingdoms located in the west of the Bamiléké country.
The body position is classic with the lower and upper limbs bent. The neck is highlighted by a series of multicolored necklaces ending in a plastron.
Among the Bamiléké as in other ethnic groups, works of art testified to their owner's place in society. Thus, the materials and shapes of the objects varied according to social status. King Bamiléké , also called fon , guarantor of soil fertility and the protection of his subjects, was not considered mortal. As a result, his funeral was a joyous celebration, with the fon simply withdrawing physically but still watching over his people from their new home. Located in the border region of Nigeria, the North West Province of Cameroon, 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 would have broad supernatural powers including that of being able to transform into animals such as the python, the elephant, leopard, or buffalo.  

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OriginEx-Collection belge
Material(s)wood, perles et cauris
Height cm130
Width40 cm
Weight30.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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