BAMILEKE STOOLS, Cameroon

BAMILEKE
Stool 26
12" high
$600

The Bamileke stool above has been vetted as being authentic with significant signs of use and age.


The Bamileke stools below have been vetted as being authentic with signs of use and age.

BAMILEKE
Stool 20
14.5" high
$800

BAMILEKE
Stool 75
8.75" high
$300


The Bamileke stools below have been vetted as being authentic.



BAMILEKE
Stool 72
13" high
$500

BAMILEKE
Stool 73
14.5" high
$600


BAMILEKE
STOOL 79
10.75" high
$300


BAMILEKE
Stool 74
11" high
$500


BAMILEKE
Stool 5
17" high
$350



BAMILEKE
STOOL 59
14" high
$500

The Bamileke stools above have been vetted as being authentic.


The Bamileke stools and chair below were probably made to be sold.



BAMILEKE
Stool 6
17" high
$600



BAMILEKE
CHAIR 65
35" high
$800



BAMILEKE
Stool 9
10" high
$200





BAMILEKE
Stool 77
11" high
$200


BAMILEKE
Stool 78
10.25" high
$200

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BAMILEKE, STOOLS, 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 abstracted spider pattern on stools 9, 79, 78, 16, 76, 74, and 72 is the most recognizable of Bamileke stool motifs. The spider, being clever enough to built a beautiful trap, is admired for her wisdom. Spending some time underground, she is also thought to be a messenger between the living world and the world of the ancestors. 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.

 

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