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Bangwa anthropomorphic cup (N° 21811)

The rich production of African art among the populations of the Cameroonian Grassland is illustrated mainly by wood statuary: commemorative sculptures of kings, queens, princesses and titled servants, as well as the parents of twins.

Within the large Bamileke tribe in western Cameroon, the Bangwa constitute a small kingdom. The influence of the Bamileke on bangwa statuary is notable by relatively comparable facial features and morphology. This Bangwa figure, whose hollow abdomen acts as a receptacle, honors fertility. Ocher agglomerates line the internal walls of the cup.
Thick cracked patina, desiccation cracks and native restoration.

Typical of the Bamileke country, the Bangwa statues often represent fertility but also power and combativeness. They are often positioned on either side of the induction chairs during meetings of notables.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Weight10.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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