BAMILEKE GONGS, Cameroon

The gongs below have been vetted as authentic.


BAMILEKE
Gong 8

22.5" high
$300


BAMILEKE
Gong 11

17" high
$150

BAMILEKE
Gong 12

11.5" high
$125

BAMILEKE
Gong 13

9" high
$100


This gong shows no evidence of age or use and may have been made to be sold.

BAMILEKE
Gong 5

27" high
$500


Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BAMILEKE, GONGS, Cameroon

These are functional gongs struck by wood sticks. The double iron gongs were the authorative voice of the Kwifoyn, the male regulatory society. They were the sacred instrument and emblem of that organization's power. Their governing complex was usually next to the royal palace and they worked with the king to rule.

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