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The Bamoun live in a region full of both wooded reliefs and savannas. This large territory called Grassland located southwest of Cameroon is also home to other nearby ethnic groups such as Bamileke and Tikar. Stylistically, we feel the influence of this inter-ethnic promiximity by common traits on the pieces of art, such as the tendency to represent characters with bulging eyes Tikar eyes, or the application of pearls on African art sculptures bamileke.


Bamoun Defenses
Tribal art > African Chair > Bamoun Defenses

These wooden horns, once ivory elephant tusks, framed the throne on which the king sat during his weekly meetings with the people. Beaded, open sections, or sculpted with relief decorative motifs follow one another on the ensemble. Figures of buffalo heads, lizards or caimans, and royal effigies and dignitaries refer to the hierarchy of bamoun and bamileke society and to the prestige and wealth of the region. Zoomorphic figures are associated with the divination, power and qualities expected of the sovereign.
Lustrous mingable, fine desication cracks.
Situated in the border region of Nigeria, the northwestern province of Cameroon , the Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups: Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun and Bamileke. Several centralized chiefdoms, or ...


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Bamoun mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Bamoun mask

Worn on the top of the head, unlike most Bamileke face masks, this type of African mask carved from dense wood offers a jovial countenance enlivened by the sheen of different metals and the addition of cowries. The features are coated with "Pe" , a mixture of palm oil and padauk wood, a blood-red wood, some of which are coated during celebratory ceremonies, and which, after being grated , is kept in carved wooden containers.
Within the territory named Cameroonian Grasslands live the Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun and Bamileke ethnic groups. The influence of this inter-ethnic proximity is felt by common features on the pieces of art, such as the tendency to represent chubby characters with bulging eyes among the Tikar, or the use of beads in use among the Bamileke. The ...


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Tribal art > African mask > Bamileke Mask

African art productions among The Grassland's chiefdoms This mask made from heavy wood has a jovial appearance accentuated by the brilliance of different metals and the trim of cauris. This type of masks Bamoun are worn on the top of the head, unlike most Bamileke face masks. The lines are highlighted by "Pe" , a mixture of palm oil and paduk wood, blood-red wood, some of which are covered during rejoicing ceremonies, and which, after being grated, is kept in carved wooden containers.
Within the territory of Cameroon's Grasslands live the Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun and Bamileke ethnic groups. The influence of this inter-ethnic proximity is felt by common traits on the pieces of art, such as the tendency to represent chubby characters with globular eyes in the Tikars, or ...


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Bamoun Rider
Tribal art > African Rider > Bamoun Rider

This Bamoun rider controlling a prancing horse would represent King N'Doya in his victory over the Peuls in the 19th century. Dark brown leather dresses the shapes of the character and his frame, lighter leather covers the hooves. The king armed with a sword is dressed in a traditional costume, the Hausa having introduced clothing transformations among the Bamoun, he wears leather stirrups connected by a rigid wicker rod. The various decorative elements and materials used here form an exceptional work.
The Bamun live in a region full of wooded landforms as well as savannahs. This large territory called Grassland located in the southwest of Cameroon is also the seat of other nearby ethnic groups such as the Bamiléké and the Tikar. Bamoun art is illustrated by bas-relief ...


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