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Bamileke Rattle (N° 22009)
The rich production of African art among the populations of the Cameroonian Grassland is illustrated mainly by traditional wood carving: commemorative sculptures of kings, queens, princesses and titled servants, as well as parents of twins.
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Within the large Bamileke people in western Cameroon, the Bangwa constitute a small kingdom made up of nine chiefdoms. The influence of the Bamileke on bangwa statuary is notable for relatively comparable facial features and morphology.
Typical of the Bamileke country, Bangwa statues often represent fertility but also power and fighting spirit. This male statuette sculpted in the round is in fact camped with bent knees, arms outstretched from the bust. This dynamic position would announce a ritual dance. The character is adorned with noble attributes, such as a necklace and bracelets. Two rattles in basketwork extending the statue are filled with seeds, the rattling of which accompanied traditional ceremonies.
Glossy oiled patina, grainy residue.
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