BAMILEKE BEADWORK, Cameroon


BAMILEKE
Elephant Mask 21
52" high
$1200

BAMILEKE
Object 18
19" high
$800

BAMILEKE
Flywhisk 2
10.5" - 65" high
$600


BAMILEKE
Object 10
8.5" high
$300

BAMILEKE
Object 24
14.5" high
$600


 BAMILEKE
Object 6
6.25" high
$250



BAMILEKE
Object 21
6" high
$400

 BAMILEKE
Object 13
10" high
$500



BAMILEKE
Object 23
13.25" high
$300

BAMILEKE
Bushcow Headdress 6
11.5" high
$200

 BAMILEKE
Object 4
10.25" high
$500

The objects above have been vetted as authentic.

The beaded figure below was probably made to be sold.

BAMILEKE
Figure 6
21" high
$400

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BAMILEKE, BEADWORK, Cameroon

.Most Bamileke art (and the work of other kingdoms of the Cameroon Grasslands) relates to kings and important chiefs, who defined their power by the display of prestige objects during important ceremonies. Stools were among the most important of these objects. The motifs include leopards, human figures and heads, spiders, lizards and other subjects plus abstract designs. The spider, often found abstracted in repeating patterns,is a symbol of wisdom. The leopard; cunning, fast, mobile and guardedly aggressive, signifies the ability to survive and is the most important royal icon, often even the king's alter ego. Glass beads embellish the most important royal stools.



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