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Couple of large beaded Bangwa statues (N° 10614)

The fame of Bangwa art in African art comes mainly from their statuary, whose major works are the commemorative sculptures of kings, queens, princesses and titled servants, as well as relatives of twins. These beaded statues hold gourds with stoppers, filled with palm oil, which were served during the festivities. These gourds adorned with pearls were considered prestigious possessions throughout the Cameroonian Grasland.

The Bangwa are united in a small kingdom within the important Bamileke tribe in the west of Cameroon. One can observe the influence of the Bamileke on Bangwa statuary in which one finds the same type of facial features and morphology although pearls are not used. The position of the body is classical, with the lower and upper limbs bent. Typical of the bamileke country, bangwa statues often represent fertility but also power and fighting spirit. They are often positioned on either side of the enthronement chairs during notables' meetings.
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Originex collection Famille Margraff
EthnyBangwa
Countrycameroun
Material(s)wood, perles, cauris
Height cm122
Width30 cm
Weight35.00 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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