statue Bamileke - African art

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statue Bamileke (N° 10171)

Ex French private collection of African art.

The Bamiléké, a sub-group of a larger tribe also made up of the Bamoun and Tikar, excelled in the creation of multicolored beaded statues, a sign of prosperity and wealth, giving the royal object the brilliance that distinguishes it from common objects.

A basic structure is carved in wood and then covered with a lattice of beads whose colors correspond to the different chieftaincies.

Among the Bamileke, as in other ethnic groups, art objects testified to the position of their owners in the hierarchy of society. Thus, the materials and shapes of the objects varied according to social status. King Bamileke, also known as the Fon, who was the guarantor of the fertility of the soil 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 always looking after his people from his new home.  

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OriginEx collection privée française **
Material(s)wood, perles
Height cm148
Width36 cm
Weight23.00 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1980

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