BANGWA MEMORIAL FIGURES, Cameroon

Old Bangwa figures are rare. Despite their appearance, our figures show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.


BANGWA 1
26.5" high
$1500

 

BANGWA 3
19" high
$400

BANGWA 4
25.5" high
$400



BANGWA 6
33" high
$600

BANGWA 9
50.5" high
$1200

BANGWA 10
26" high
$1000




BANGWA 11
49.5" high
$1000

BANGWA 12
39" high
$1000

BANGWA 13
31" high
$600


Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BANGWA STYLE MEMORIAL FIGURES, Cameroon

Memorial figures were carved of titled royal wives or princesses, and are often refered to as Bangwa Queens. Their royal status was defined by their collars, necklaces, loin strings and anklets and are usually depicted dancing and singing as at a funeral for a king. They were also honored as priestesses of the earth cult and were displayed lining the verandas of royal residences. The male figures, numbers 3, 4, 5 and 10, were their partners and would be displayed at meetings of the Kwifoyn, or regulatory society.

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