Photographs © Tim Hamill
BEADED OBJECT 17
6.5" high x 12.5" long x 5.5" wide
Despite its appearance this object shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.
The beadwork is in very good condition.
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. Glass beads embellish the most important royal objects.
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