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Bamileke Pageant Tabula " Kuo Koko" (N° 14836)
In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their know-how through the use of multicolored beads.
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This large cult seat, monoxyle, consists of a base and a circular plateau connected by four characters acting as curved caryatids leaning on top of one another. The interior is hollowed out.
A basic structure is carved into wood and then covered, above a rabane canvas, with an imported bead lattice whose colours correspond to the different chiefdoms.
Located 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 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 well 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 routine use or for meetings of the Customary Societies. (The Bamiléké, R. Lecoq)
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