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Statue Bamileke (N° 17188)
Colors and chiefdoms in African art.
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This sculpted figure N'Ketuok) representing a male ancestor with stocky shapes was first carved out of wood and then wrapped in a canvas of rabane encrusted with imported glass beads. The character has a horn. One hand rests on his bulging abdomen. Beautiful polychrome harmony.
Shez the Bamiléké as in other ethnic groups, the art objects bore witness to the place of their owner in society. Thus, the materials and shapes of objects varied according to social status. King Bamiléké , also known as 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 retiring physically but still watching over his people from his new home. Located in the border region of Nigeria, the northwestern province of Cameroon, le 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 which would have broad supernatural powers including that of being able to turn into animals such as python, elephant, leopard, or buffalo.