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Bamileke stool (N° 21858)

In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their know-how through the use of multicolored beads.
This monoxyle seat, named rü mfo among the Bamum, has a caryatid pattern in the form of a bird figure. A basic structure is carved in wood and then covered, above a canvas of rabane, with a latticework of imported pearls and cowries, an ancient currency associated with wealth.

Located in the border region of Nigeria, the North West 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 who has broad powers. Among the Bamilékés of Sudano-Bantu origin, as in other ethnic groups, works of art bear witness 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 Bamileke, R. Lecoq)  

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OriginRécolté in-situ 2001
EthnyBamileke
Countrycameroun
Material(s)wood, perles, cauris
Height cm40
Width46 cm
Weight10.35 Kg

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