BANGWA STYLE MEMORIAL FIGURES ARCHIVES, Cameroon

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

For UNSOLD Bangwa figures: GO TO BANGWA STYLE MEMORIAL FIGURES PAGE

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 Style
Figure 2
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BANGWA Style
Figure 5
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BANGWA Style
Figure 7
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BANGWA Style
Figure 8
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Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BANGWA STYLE MEMORIAL FIGURES ARCHIVES, 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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