BAMILEKE BEDS ARCHIVES

The Bamileke beds below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

 

BAMILEKE BED 1, SOLD

 

BAMILEKE BED 2, SOLD

 

BAMILEKE BED 3, SOLD

 

BAMILEKE BED 4, SOLD

 

BAMILEKE BED 5, SOLD

 

BAMILEKE BED 6, SOLD

 

BAMILEKE BED 7, SOLD

 

BAMILEKE BED 8, SOLD

 

BAMILEKE BED 9, SOLD

 

BAMILEKE BED 10, SOLD

 

BAMILEKE BED 11, SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAMILEKE, BEDS, 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. Beds, like 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.

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