BAMILEKE BEADWORK, Cameroon

The object below has been vetted as being authentic with significant signs of age and use.

BAMILEKE
Object 4
10.25" high
$500

 

BAMILEKE
Object 18
19" high
$800



The objects below have been vetted as being authentic.

BAMILEKE
Elephant Mask 21
52" high
$1200

BAMILEKE
Flywhisk 2
10.5"-65" high
$600


BAMILEKE
Object 10
8.5" high
$300

BAMILEKE
Object 24
14.5" high
$600


BAMILEKE
Object 13
10" high
$500



BAMILEKE
Object 21
6" high
$300

BAMILEKE
Object 6
6.25" high
$250




BAMILEKE
Object 22
7.75" high
$200

BAMILEKE
Bushcow Headdress 6
11.5" high
$250



BAMILEKE
Object 23
13.25" high
$300

The object below has been 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.

Despite their appearance most of these objects show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.



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