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The Bamileke settled in the Grassland region of Cameroon, where the Bamoun also live. The Bamileke left Egypt in the 9th century and arrived in present-day Cameroon around 1150 AD. It was in the 14th century that the Bamileke people divided into two, the Bamoun in the Noun plain and the Bamileke in the Bafoussam region. The Bamileke chieftaincy is headed by a king called Fon or Fo, surrounded by a court of notables. Numerous secret societies participate in political and economic life by organising ritual cults.


Elephant mask Bamileke Mbap mteng
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These long masks in fabric embroidered with pearls with very rich polychromy were worn by high-ranking members in the bamileke society.
Exhibited at the funeral of some warriors, the wearer waved his ears and simulated the charge of the elephant, an animal that this mask symbolized.
In African art, the animal kingdom has a place of choice because of its omnipresent physical proximity. Some animals have thus largely integrated the cosmogonies of many ethnic groups. The elephant is an obvious example and works that symbolize them are given royal virtues.
The Bamileke society had several initiation associations, including the mwola and komiyo, these are the societies from which the men authorized to wear these masks come from.

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Bamileke beaded statuette
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Bamoun statue

Colors and chiefdoms in African art. This male statuette of ancestor, stocky, was first carved in wood and then covered with a canvas of rabane encrusted with imported multicolored pearls. It has a headgear and an object. One of the hands is placed on his lower abdomen The physiognomy displays a distinctive expressiveness of African tribal art from the Grassland regions.
With the Bamiléké as in other ethnic groups, art objects were a testament to their owner's place in society. Thus, the materials and shapes of objects varied according to social status. King Bamiléké , also known as fon, guarantor of soil fertility and the protection of his subjects, was not considered mortal. As a result, his funeral was a joyous celebration, with the fon simply withdrawing physically but still ...


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Bamoun/Bamileke beaded statue
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Cameroon

Colors and chiefdoms in African art. The Bamiléké , a subgroup of a larger people also made up of Bamoun and Tikar , are famous for their sculptures of African art covered with pearls, signs of prosperity and wealth, conferring on the royal object the brilliance that distinguishes it from common objects.

This female statuette of ancestor, stocky, was first carved in wood and then covered with a canvas of rabane encrusted with imported multicolored pearls, predominantly blue and red. She wears a crest hairstyle ending in the neck. The hands are placed on her lower abdomen in a gesture associated with fertility. The physiognomy displays a distinctive expressiveness of African tribal art from the Grassland regions.
Among the Bamilékés as in other ethnic groups, the art ...

Feathered hair Bamileke "Juju Hat"
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The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
African Prestige Show, worn by the notables, this copy offers light red feathers.
These elephant dance, tso, was the occasion of the elephant dance, where members of the society Kuosi, Kwosi, wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multi-coloured costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng , a fabric cloth, ndop , adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, whose rarity came at a high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bounded by a basket of wicker fibers. A society originally composed of ...

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Feathered hair Bamileke "Juju Hat"
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African art > Headdresses and hats, headdresses > Bamileke Hairstyle

The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art . It is on the occasion of the dance of the elephant, tso, that the members of the society Kuosi , Kwosi , wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng , a cloth, ndop , decorated with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. The hats were once made of parrot feathers, nowadays of wild guinea fowl, whose rarity made them very expensive. The feathers are attached to cloth-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket of wicker ...

Feathered hair Bamileke "Juju Hat"
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The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Serite African Parure, worn by notables, this copy offers a dark red feather trim.
These elephant dance, tso, was the occasion of the elephant dance, where members of the society Kuosi, Kwosi, wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multi-coloured costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng , a fabric cloth, ndop , adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, whose rarity came at a high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bounded by a basket of wicker fibers. A society originally composed of ...

Feathered hair Bamileke "Juju Hat"
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The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
African Prestige Parure, worn by notables, this copy offers a garnish of orange feathers.
These elephant dance, tso, was the occasion of the elephant dance, where members of the society Kuosi, Kwosi, wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multi-coloured costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng , a fabric cloth, ndop , adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, whose rarity came at a high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bounded by a basket of wicker fibers. A society originally ...

Hat  Bamileke /Juju Hat
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Bamileke tribal art.
The Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in traditional African art. Bright yellow specimen for this dazzling African adornment of prestige, worn by the notables. It was on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso, that the members of the Kuosi society, Kwosi, wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng, a fabric fabric, ndop, adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, the rarity of which was high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bound by a basket of wicker fibres. A society ...


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Mask Batcham Msop / Tsemabu
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Batcham Mask

The first African mask of its kind to be discovered in Batcham in the Grasslands Cameroon, this sacred African mask was mistakenly called Batcham in tribal art. Several chiefdoms had these important masks that made up the royal treasure. However, only one copy was used. It was linked to the activities of the secret society called according to the regions msop or tsemabu, and to which also belonged the king also called fon. The Fon was the guarantor of soil fertility and the protection of its subjects; it was not considered fatal. This copy is a miniature replica of the large royal mask, with a horizontal nose with large dilated nostrils and whose high flat forehead evokes the back of a seat. The circular base is engraved with embossed motifs evoking cauris, surmounted by a large mouth ...

Juju Bamileke Hat Hairstyle
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Arguably the most famous feathered headdress in African art.
Bamileke and traditional African art.
These elephant dance, tso, was the occasion of the elephant dance that the members of the society Kuosi, Kwosi , sported these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng, a fabric cloth, ndop , adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, whose rarity came at a high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bounded by a basket of wicker fibers. A society originally composed of valiant warriors, the Kosi has evolved into an ...

Bamileke beaded statuette
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Bamileke

Colors and chiefdoms in African art.
This male statuette of ancestor, stocky, was first carved in wood and then covered with a canvas of rabane encrusted with imported multicolored pearls, predominantly red. She wears a pointed cap on which a burlap has been applied. Hands are placed on her lower abdomen The physiognomy displays a distinctive expressiveness of African tribal art from the Grassland regions.
With the Bamiléké as in other ethnic groups, art objects attested to their owner's place in society. Thus, the materials and shapes of objects varied according to social status. King Bamiléké , also known as fon, guarantor of soil fertility and the protection of his subjects, was not considered mortal. As a result, his funeral was a joyous celebration, with the fon simply ...


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 Bamileke /Juju Hat
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The Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in traditional African art. This prestigious African adornment, worn by the notables, has white feathers. It was on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso, that the members of the Kuosi society, Kwosi, wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng, a fabric fabric, ndop, adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, the rarity of which was high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bound by a basket of wicker fibres. A society originally composed of valiant warriors, the ...


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Bamileke / Bamum Bamum "Kuo koko"
African art > Chair, palaver seat, throne, stool > Bamoun Seat

In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their know-how through the use of multicolored beads.
This monoxyle seat, named r-mfo ch the Bamum, is made up of a caryatidic zoomorphic base and figure, surrounded by royal subjects, supporting the base of the seat. The leopard forms a recurring motif because it symbolizes royal qualities. Moreover, once killed, the feline's skins and teeth returned to the king. These prestige attributes played a role in rituals. A basic structure is carved in wood and then covered, above a canvas of rabane, with a lattice of imported pearls and curies, an ancient currency associated with wealth.

Situated in the border region of Nigeria, the northwestern province of Cameroon , the Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups: Tikar, Anyang, ...


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Feathered hair "Juju" Bamileke
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The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
African Prestige Parure, worn by notables, this copy offers a purple feather trim.
These elephant dance, tso, was the occasion of the elephant dance, where members of the society Kuosi, Kwosi, wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multi-coloured costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng , a fabric cloth, ndop , adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, whose rarity came at a high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bounded by a basket of wicker fibers. A society originally composed of ...

Feathered hair "Juju" Bamileke
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African art > Headdresses and hats, headdresses > Bamileke Hat

The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
African Prestige Show, worn by the notables, this copy offers a garnish of blue feathers. It was during the elephant dance, tso, that the members of the society Kuosi, Kwosi, sported these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multi-coloured costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng , a fabric cloth, ndop , adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, whose rarity came at a high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bounded by a basket of wicker fibers. A society originally composed of valiant warriors, ...

Bamileke Ceremonial Stool / Bamum "Kuo koko"
African art > Chair, palaver seat, throne, stool > Bamileke Seat

In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their know-how through the use of multicolored beads.
This monoxyle seat, named r-mfo ch the Bamum, is made up of a caryatidic zoomorphic base and figure supporting the seating plateau. The leopard forms a recurring motif because it symbolizes royal qualities. Moreover, once killed, the feline's skins and teeth returned to the king. These prestige attributes played a role in rituals. A basic structure is carved in wood and then covered, above a canvas of rabane, with a lattice of imported pearls and curies, an ancient currency associated with wealth.

Situated in the border region of Nigeria, the northwestern province of Cameroon , the Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups: Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun, or Bamum ...

Double ritual bell Bamileke Kwifoyn
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Gong Bamileke

Weapons, jewellery, coins, metal objects are inseparable from traditional African art. Metallurgy is intimately associated with the founding myths in many African cultures, such as blacksmiths who became kings (Zaire), the hammer anvil being the symbol of power among the Luba. Cult accessories, metal alloy gongs, some highly decorated, take on a wide variety of shapes. This double gong, in its simplicity, was a sacred instrument and the emblem of one of the many male societies of the people of Grassland, the Kwifoyn , whose headquarters adjoined the royal palace. The tinkling of wooden chopsticks on hollow metal heralded the beginning of ceremonies: communication with the supernatural world, ancestors, deities, could be established. Also objects of prestige, they accompanied the respect ...


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Beaded Bamileke Statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Bamoun

Colors and chiefdoms in African art.
This ancient ancestor statuette, characterized by rounded, packed volumes, was first carved in wood and then covered with a canvas of rabane encrusted with imported multicolored beads, predominantly red. She sports a crested hairstyle ending in the neck. The figure that could represent a royal bride squeezes against her bust the attributes of royalty, royal pipes that were brass and wood, bronze and pearls for the most refined. As part of the agrarian rites, however, the Bamileke woman, in charge of the work of the land, also smoked the pipe at the site of the clearing. Alterations of one of the feet, missing beads.
The Bamiléké , a subgroup of a larger people also made up of Bamoun and Tikar, are famous for their African art sculptures ...


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Bamileke Bangwa Ritual Rattle Soundings
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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 ...

Ceremonial Headdress Bamileke "JuJu Hat"
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The Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African tribal art.
This copy of prestigious African adornment, worn by the notables, unfolds in multicolored feathers. It was on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso, that the members of the Kuosi society, Kwosi, wore these impressive headdresses. They were worn over a multicolored costume consisting of a large beaded mask with large circular ears, mbap mteng, a fabric fabric, ndop, adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances took place during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, the rarity of which was high cost. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bound by a basket of wicker fibres. A society originally composed ...

Bamileke Ceremonial Stool / Bamum "Kuo koko"
African art > Chair, palaver seat, throne, stool > Tabouret Bamileke

In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their know-how through the use of multicolored beads.
This monoxyle seat consists of a caryatid zoomorphic base and figure supporting the seating tray. br-A basic structure is carved from wood and then covered, above a canvas of rabane, with a lattice of imported pearls.

Situated in the border region of Nigeria, the northwestern province of Cameroon , the Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups: Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun, or Bamum and Bamileke. Several centralized chiefdoms, or kingdoms, based on customary associations, secret societies, are organized around the Fon which has broad powers. Among the Bamilékés of Sudano-Bantous origin as in other ethnic groups, the art objects attested to the place of their owner ...





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