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Seat of dignitary Bamileke Kuo koko (N° 21530)
In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their skills through the use of multicolored beads.
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This monoxyle seat with the appearance of a table, named rü mfo among the Bamum, features human figurative motifs.
A basic structure is carved from wood and then covered, above a rag cloth, with a latticework of imported multicolored beads.br>
Located in the border region of Nigeria, Cameroon's northwestern province, 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 Bamilekes of Sudanese-Bantu origin, as in other ethnic groups, art objects testified to their owner's place in society. 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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