African art > Chair, palaver seat, throne, stool > Tikar Seat
Tikar's prestigious bronze tab (N° 14873)
Attesting to the social origin of its owner, the African chair is a piece of furniture designed to enhance its prestige. It is therefore often decorated in its middle part with anthropomorphic or zoomorphic figures in relation to the founding myths and beliefs of the ethnic group. The specimen presented is formed of a ring on which five graceful caryatid figures, perched on heads, support with their arms raised a circular seat. The tray is engraved with regular concentric motifs and broken lines, and drawings of cauris, symbols of wealth. The characters with the filiform body have a voluminous head typical of Cameroonian statuary.
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The Tikars populate the western part of central Cameroon, which lies within the dense secondary forest of medium altitude, along the Mbam. Within this ecotone, the "plaine tikar" (named after its current occupants) is a depression that leans west and north respectively to the Mbam massif (and its Mapé and Kim tributaries) and the first foothills of the Adamaoua plateau. It extends to the east and south on a long drainage area of the main rivers of the central part of the country (Djerem, Sanaga, Benue). Ethnically, the current boundaries of the Tikar country coincide with those of the Bamun in the west (Foumban), the Mambila in the northwest, the Foulbé in the south, the Babouté to the southeast (Yoko) and small individual groups (Djenti, etc.) scattered along its borders.
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