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Bamileke Bangwa Ritual Rattle Soundings (N° 17165)

The rich production of African art among the people of Cameroonian Grassland is mainly illustrated by traditional wood carving: commemorative sculptures of kings, queens, princesses and titular servants, as well as relatives of twins.
Beamsas a small kingdom of nine chiefdoms in the bamileke in western Cameroon, the Bangwa . The influence of the Bamileke on the statuary bangwa is notable by relatively comparable facial features and morphology.
Typics of the country bamileke, statues bangwa often represent fertility but also power and combativeness. This male figure is indeed camped in a bending of the lower limbs, arms apart from the bust. This dynamic position announces a ritual dance, a gourd in one hand. The character is adorned with nobility attributes, such as a necklace and bracelets. Two wicker rattles extending the statue are filled with seeds, the clatter of which accompanied the traditional ceremonies. Glossy oiled patina, residual powdery inlays.
sicture of desication on the head. Height on a base (rectangular base 20/10 cm): 53 cm.  

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OriginRécolté in situ 1986
EthnyBamileke
Countrycameroun
Material(s)wood
Height45
Width20
Weight0.42 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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