African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bamoun Pipe
Bronze sculptures in African Grassland art.
Ceremonial pipe intended for ceremonies, offering along the stem, an openwork section composed of elephant heads then a figure evoking a bird with protruding eyes.
Golden copper patina.
Located in the border region of Nigeria, the North West province of Cameroon, the 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 who would have broad supernatural powers including that of being able to change into an animal.
The chiefs of the Cameroonian Grasslands, the Fon, reputed to hold treasures of works of art, including bracelets, necklaces, statues, bells, valued ...