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Throne of pagean Afo- A- kom Bamoun / Bamileke
African art > African Chair > Bamileke Seat

Bamileke

Located African Art in the border region of Nigeria, the northwestern province of Cameroon, 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 would have broad supernatural powers including that of being able to transform into an animal such as the python, the elephant , the leopard, or the buffalo. A religious leader, he is also a judge and a warlord. His position, however, included many obligations that he had to fulfil in order not to be put to death. The Afo Akom , seat - totem of induction carved from the advent of the king , is to this day an important emblem of the Bamoun people ...

Great throne Tikar in bronze
African art > African Chair > Great throne Tikar in bronze

Ex private French collection of African art.

This tikar throne is an exceptional piece composed of a multitude of small cariatid characters with different looks, accoutrements and ornaments.
Among other things, the king is found with his court composed of dignitaries.
Set in the central place of the upper rank, it is surrounded by musicians and women.
The seat, back restand and armrests are decorated with geometric patterns.

The Tikar set sain set in the western part of central Cameroon, which lies within the middle-altitude secondary dense forest along the Mbam River. 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 ...


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Yoruba pillar
African art > African Stake > Yoruba pillar

The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy the south-west of Nigeria and the central and south-eastern region of Benin under the name of Nago.

They are patrilineal, practice excision and circumcision. Frequent in Yoruba African art, and for good reason, it is the central theme of the story named " The death and the rider of the king ". This fiction tells the funeral of the late King of Oyo, an ancient African state founded in the 15th century, neighbor of the Kingdom of Dahomey, and the tradition that his rider, Elesin, must commit suicide within thirty days of the death of the king in order to to follow in due course the Yoruba religious dogma. The death of the rider is indeed intended to guarantee the king a safe conduit to his new home. Elesin, a simple man enjoying life, is ...


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Statue post Yoruba Opo
African art > African Stake > Statue post Yoruba Opo

In African art, any element of everyday life can become an artistic medium, as this Yoruba veranda statue illustrates.

A character carries on his head a plateau surmounted by a rider and his horse. Above the latter, there is another character, probably a sage given the highlighting of his beard. As often in Yoruba statuary, the patina is made up of relatively bright colors. Although the piece has pigments more discreet than usual, the polychrome has been well preserved. Yoruba society is very organized and has several associations whose roles vary. While the egbe male society reinforces social norms, the aro federates farmers. The freeze has more esoteric and religious aims. The notables meet in a society called esusu.


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Large bamileke beaded statue
African art > African Statues > Large bamileke beaded statue

Ex private French collection of African art.

This imposing and exceptional beaded statue reaches 1m35. The Bamiléké, a subgroup of a larger people also made up of the Bamoun and Tikar, excelled in making multicolored beaded statues, a sign of prosperity and wealth, giving the royal object the brilliance that distinguishes it from the common objects.

A basic structure is carved from wood and then covered with a beaded lattice whose colors correspond to the different chiefdoms.

Among the Bamilékés as in other ethnic groups, the art objects attested to the position of their owner in the hierarchy of society. Thus, the materials and shapes of objects varied according to social status. King Bamiléké, also known as fon, guarantor of soil fertility and the ...


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Couple of large beaded bangwa statues
African art > African Statues > Couple of large beaded bangwa statues

The fame of Bangwa art in African art stems mainly from their statuary, whose major works are the commemorative sculptures of kings, queens, princesses and crowned servants, as well as the twins' parents.

The Bangwa are united into a small kingdom within the important Bamileke people in western Cameroon. The influence of the Bamileke on the Bangwa statuary is observed in which the same type of facial features and morphology are found although the beads are not used. The position of the body is classic, with the lower and upper limbs bent. Typical of the Bamileke country, Bangwa statues often represent fertility but also power and combativeness. They are often positioned on either side of the induction chairs at notable meetings.


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Pair of Benin Bronze Altar Heads
African art > African bronze > Pair of Benin Bronze Altar Heads

These altar heads created using the lost wax technique are very loaded with details and patterns. The characters with realistic features have facial scarifications and many finely detailed ornaments. This pair of busts has a beautiful symmetry. Both characters wear a brace outfit accompanied by a collar bearing a bell.
The horns themselves are covered with geometric patterns and sculpted faces. At the top of each horn sits a soldier, helmet on his head and gun in hand.

The art of Benin is described as a court art because it is closely associated with the king, known as oba. The tradition of Ifè's bronze classroom objects dates back to the 14th century.

The many bronze heads and statues created by the artists of Benin were reserved for the exclusive use of the ...


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Large statue of a dignitary Bambara
African art > African Statues > dignitary Bambara

Ex private French collection of African art.

This Bambara dignitary figure is distinguished by its high stature and the solemnity of its expression. Her eyelids are lowered, adding an enigmatic character, and the stylization of her features is reminiscent of her Dogon neighbors. The naked person sits proudly on a stool, a weapon in each hand. He wears an ovoid headdress on his head. Two braids hang from the back of the head. The dark patina has beautiful traces of desiccation and a nice aging. The Bambara are found in central and southern Mali. This name means unbeliever and was given to them by the Muslims. They belong to the large Mande group, like Soninke and Malinke. They believe in the existence of a creator god generically called Ngala, which has 266 sacred attributes. ...


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Big pearled statue Bamileke
African art > African Statues > statue Bamileke

Ex private French collection of African art. The Bamiléké, a subgroup of a larger tribe also made up of Bamoun and Tikar, excelled in producing multicolored beaded statues, a sign of prosperity and wealth, giving the royal object the brilliance that distinguishes it from common objects. . A basic structure is carved in the wood and then covered with a trellis of pearls whose colors correspond to the different chieftaincies. Among Bamileke people, as in other ethnic groups, works of art testified to the position of their owner in the hierarchy of society. Thus, the materials and shapes of objects varied according to social status. The Bamileke king, also called fon, who was responsible for soil fertility and the protection of his subjects, was not considered mortal. As a result, his ...


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Big Bangwa Lefem Statue
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African art > African Statues > Bangwa Statue

The fame of Bangwa art in African art comes mainly from their statuary whose major works are the commemorative sculptures of kings, queens, princesses and titled servants, as well as parents of twins. in a small kingdom within the large Bamileke tribe in western Cameroon, the influence of the Bamileke on Bangwa statuary in which we find the same type of facial features and morphology although the pearls are not The position of the body is classic, with the upper and lower limbs flexed.Bangile statues of the Bamileke country, often represent the fertility but also the power and combativeness.They are often positioned on each side of the induction chairs during meetings of notables.


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Bamileke Bed
African art > Usual african items > Bamileke Bed

This Bamileke bed is carved from a single piece of wood.

The upper part is decorated with an animal while the carrying parts are made up of heads and characters with features typically Bamileke and recall the elephant. The faces are relatively large and decorated with wide eyes. The ears stand out on the same plane as the face. The noses are flattened. The entire room is covered with a dark and smooth patina. Among Bamilekes, as in other ethnic groups, works of art testified to the position of their owner in the hierarchy of society. Thus, the materials and shapes of objects varied according to social status. The Bamileke king, also called fon, who was responsible for soil fertility and the protection of his subjects, was not considered mortal. As a result, his funeral was a ...


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