Photographs © Tim Hamill
BEADED OBJECT 20
9" high x 6" wide x 13.5" deep
Despite its appearance this object shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.
This wonderful animal on a cap is in good condition, with very minor bead loss.
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. Most of these beaded objects formed a cap or headdress.
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