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Tikar prestige bronze seat
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Tribal art > African Chair > Tabouret Tikar

Designed to enhance its owner, the African chair forms an element of furniture designed to inform the social origin of its owner. Its middle part is therefore often adorned with anthropomorphic or zoomorphic figures in relation to the founding myths and beliefs of the ethnic group. A ring forms here the base on which five long-formed caryatid figures, perched on heads, support the circular seat with their raised arms. The latter is painstakingly engraved with regular concentric motifs and broken lines, including curries symbolizing wealth and fertility. The characters with the filiform body present a voluminous head typical of Cameroonian statuary.
The Tikars inhabit the western part of central Cameroon which lies within the medium-altitude secondary dense forest along the Mbam. ...

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Tikar Statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Tikar Statue

The Tikar populate the western part of Central Cameroon, which is located in the mid-altitude secondary dense forest, along the Mbam River.In this ecotone, the "tikar plain" "(which takes its name from its current occupants ) constitutes a depression which leans to the Mbam (and its Mapé and Kim tributaries) and to the foothills of the Adamawa Plateau, respectively, to the west and north. south of a long draining zone of the main rivers of the center of the country (Djerem, Sanaga, Bénoué) From the ethnic point of view, the current limits of the Tikar country coincide with those of Bamun in the west (Foumban), Mambila in north-west, Fulbe to the south, Babouté to the southeast (Yoko) and small individual groups (Djenti, etc.) scattered on its borders.

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Tikar primitive currency
Tribal art > Usual african items > Tikar Currency

Ex Dutch tribal art collection.
This time in the form of a circular tray with a long handle, this African coin would be associated with the prestige of Tikar chiefs. The handle is decorated with scrolls and spiral metal strips, the patina having adopted a beige tone shaded with rust oxidation. The Tikar inhabit the western part of central Cameroon which is located within the dense secondary mid-altitude forest along the Mbam. Within this ecotone, the "Tikar plain" (named after its occupants) constitutes a depression that backs up respectively to the west and north to the Mbam massif (and its Mapé and Kim tributaries) and the first foothills of the Adamaoua plateau. The structure of the kingdom consists of a large chiefdom subdivided into quarters: the residences of the queens, the ...

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Tikar maternity
Tribal art > African Maternity > Tikar maternity

Ex private French collection of African art. Typical representation of a maternity according to the canons of art Tikar. Sitting on a royal stool, she holds two children on her lap. High-lined, she is richly adorned with jewels, necklace and bracelets around her neck and wrists. The headdress is very elaborate and many ritual scarifications cover her belly. The seat of the stool is highly worked and based on a five-person caryatid base. The tribes that live in the Grasslands, in northwestern Cameroon, are part of the Tikar peoples, divided into several independent kingdoms in the Bafut kingdom. The structure of the kingdom consists of a large chiefdom subdivided into quarters: residences of queens, children and notables. The notables constitute the hierarchy of the chieftaincy.

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