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Beaded Bamileke Statue (N° 17765)

Colors and chiefdoms in African art.
This ancient ancestor statuette, characterized by rounded, packed volumes, was first carved in wood and then covered with a canvas of rabane encrusted with imported multicolored beads, predominantly red. She sports a crested hairstyle ending in the neck. The figure that could represent a royal bride squeezes against her bust the attributes of royalty, royal pipes that were brass and wood, bronze and pearls for the most refined. As part of the agrarian rites, however, the Bamileke woman, in charge of the work of the land, also smoked the pipe at the site of the clearing. Alterations of one of the feet, missing beads.
The Bamiléké , a subgroup of a larger people also made up of Bamoun and Tikar, are famous for their African art sculptures covered with pearls, signs of prosperity and wealth, giving the royal object the brilliance that distinguishes it from common objects.

Chez the Bamilékés as in other ethnic groups, the art objects bore witness to the place of their owner in 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 protection of his subjects, was not considered mortal. As a result, his funeral was a joyous celebration, with the fon simply retiring physically but still watching over his people from his new home.  

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Originrécolté in-situ 1998
EthnyBanda Baga
Countrycameroun
Material(s)wood, perles, textile
Height44
Width17
Weight1.57 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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