Photographs © Tim Hamill
BEADED OBJECT 4
10" high x14" wide
Despite its appearance this object shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.
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. The motifs used 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 objects. Most of these beaded objects formed a cap or headdress.
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