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Bamileke / Bamum Bamum "Kuo koko" (N° 17833)

In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their know-how through the use of multicolored beads.
This monoxyle seat, named r-mfo ch the Bamum, is made up of a caryatidic zoomorphic base and figure, surrounded by royal subjects, supporting the base of the seat. The leopard forms a recurring motif because it symbolizes royal qualities. Moreover, once killed, the feline's skins and teeth returned to the king. These prestige attributes played a role in rituals. A basic structure is carved in wood and then covered, above a canvas of rabane, with a lattice of imported pearls and curies, an ancient currency associated with wealth.

Situated in the border region of Nigeria, the northwestern province of Cameroon , the Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups: Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun, or Bamum and Bamileke. Several centralized chiefdoms, or kingdoms, based on customary associations, secret societies, are organized around the Fon which has broad powers. Among the Bamilékés of Sudano-Bantous origin as in other ethnic groups, the art objects attested to the place of their owner in society. The seats, whose ornamentation varied according to social status, were carved for everyday use or for meetings of customary societies. (The Bamiléké, R. Lecoq)  

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Originrécolté in-situ 1998
Material(s)wood, perles et cauris
Weight12.30 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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