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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.


Ten Bamileke Feather Crown
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The bird's head and symbolism in traditional African art.
This authentic hat called ten, composed of vermilion feathers of the parrot Psittacus erithacus , was worn during a ceremony obeying a set of rules established by ancestors for thousands of years. Originality, it can be folded when not worn. The feathers are attached to fabric-covered wooden strips, placed around a circular frame bound by a basket of wicker fibres. The red feathers of the touraco wings also marked the entry into the adult world. In Cameroon's Grassfields region, men were required to wear headgear under any circumstances. But to add feathers, it required the authorization of the fon.

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Bamileke statue
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Colors and chiefdoms in African art.
This statuette depicting a male ancestor was first carved in wood and then covered with a rabane canvas encrusted with imported multicolored pearls. The physiognomy displays a distinctive expressiveness of African tribal art from the Grassland regions. Among the Bamiléké as in other ethnic groups, works of art bear witness to the place of their owner in society. Thus, the materials and shapes of objects varied according to social status. 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 ...


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Bamileke mask
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This copy is a miniature replica of the great royal mask whose very particular structure forms a face with a horizontal nose with large dilated nostrils and a high flat forehead evoking the back of a seat.
The circular base is surmounted by a mouth revealing a row of regular teeth.

Matte reddish brown patina. Abrasions.

The first African mask of this type having been discovered at Batcham in the Grasslands of Cameroon, this sacred African mask was erroneously called Batcham within tribal art. Several chiefdoms had these important masks which made up the royal treasury. Only one copy was used, however. He was linked to the activities of the secret society called msop or tsemabu depending on the region, and to which the king, also called fon, also ...


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Bamileke statue
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Colors and chiefdoms in African art.
This sculpted figure ("N'Kétuok") representing a female ancestor was first carved in wood and then wrapped in a rabane cloth encrusted with imported glass beads. The character is equipped with a pipe. A hand rests on his abdomen. Beads are unstitched.
Among the Bamiléké as in other ethnic groups, works of art bear witness to the place of their owner in society. Thus, the materials and shapes of objects varied according to social status. King Bamileke, also called fon, guarantor of the fertility of the soil and the protection of his subjects, was not considered mortal. As such, his funeral was a joyous celebration, the fon merely physically retiring but still watching over his people from his new home. Located in the border region of ...


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Bamileke stool
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In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their expertise through the use of multicolored beads.
This monoxyle seat, named rü mfo among the Bamum, features motifs such as the leopard, and two dignitaries with regalia. The leopard forms a recurring motif because it symbolizes royal qualities. Moreover, once killed, the skins and teeth of the feline were returned to the king. These attributes of prestige played a role in the rituals. A basic structure is carved in wood and then covered with a lattice of imported pearls and cowries, an ancient currency associated with wealth, over a cloth of rabane.
Located in the Nigerian border region, Cameroon's northwestern province, the Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups-Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun, or Bamum ...


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Bamileke Table
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In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their skills through the use of multicolored beads.
This monoxyle seat with the appearance of a table, named rü mfo among the Bamum, features human figurative motifs. A basic structure is carved from wood and then covered, above a rag cloth, with a latticework of imported multicolored beads.br>
Located in the border region of Nigeria, Cameroon's northwestern province, 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 who has broad powers. Among the Bamilekes of Sudanese-Bantu origin, as in other ethnic groups, art objects testified to their ...


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Bamileke stool
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In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their know-how through the use of multicolored beads.
This monoxyle seat, named rü mfo among the Bamum, has a caryatid pattern in the form of a bird figure. A basic structure is carved in wood and then covered, above a canvas of rabane, with a latticework of imported pearls and cowries, an ancient currency associated with wealth.

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, or Bamum and Bamileke. Several centralized chiefdoms, or kingdoms, based on customary associations, secret societies, are organized around the Fon who has broad powers. Among the Bamilékés of Sudano-Bantu origin, as in other ...


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Seat of dignitary Bamileke Kuo koko
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In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their know-how through the use of multicolored beads.
This monoxyl seat having the appearance of a table, named rü mfo among the Bamum, presents human figurative motifs. A basic structure is carved in wood and then covered, above a canvas of rabane, with a lattice of imported multicolored beads. br>
Located in the border region of Nigeria, the North West Province of Cameroon, 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 Bamilekes of Sudano-Bantu origin, as in other ethnic groups, art objects testified ...


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Batcham Mask
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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 ...


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Bamileke headdress
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Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Prestigious African headdress, worn by notables, this example offers a trim of bright yellow feathers.
It was on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso ,that members of the Kuosi , Kwosi , society 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 fabric, ndop , decorated with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. The hats were once made from parrot feathers, now from wild guinea fowl, whose scarcity meant high cost. The feathers are attached to wooden strips covered with fabric, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket of wicker fiber. A ...


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Bamileke feather headdress
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The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Prestigious African headdress, worn by notables, it offers a brightly colored feather trim.
It is on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso ,that the members of the Kuosi , Kwosi , society 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 fabric, ndop , decorated with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. The hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl feathers, the scarcity of which made them expensive. The feathers are attached to wooden strips covered with fabric, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket of wicker ...

Bamileke headdress
African art > Headdresses and hats, headdresses > Bamileke headdress

Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Prestigious African headdress, worn by notables, this example offers a trim of bright yellow feathers.
It was on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso ,that members of the Kuosi , Kwosi , society 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 fabric, ndop , decorated with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. The hats were once made from parrot feathers, now from wild guinea fowl, whose scarcity meant high cost. The feathers are attached to wooden strips covered with fabric, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket of wicker fiber. A ...


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Bamileke feather headdress "Juju hat"
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The Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in traditional African art. Dazzling prestige African finery, worn by the notables, emerald green color.
It was during 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 cloth material, ndop , adorned with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. Hats were once made with parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl, the scarcity of which resulted in a high cost. The feathers are attached to wooden strips covered with fabric, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket of wicker fibers. A society ...

Bamileke hat
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Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Prestigious African headdress, worn by notables, this example offers a feather trim of different shades of purple.
It is on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso ,that the members of the Kuosi , Kwosi , society 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 fabric, ndop , decorated with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. The hats were once made from parrot feathers, now from wild guinea fowl, whose scarcity meant high cost. The feathers are attached to wooden strips covered with fabric, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket of ...


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Bamileke beaded statue
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Color and chieftaincy in African tribal art from the Grassland regions.
This ancestor statuette was carved in wood and then covered with a rabane cloth inlaid with imported multicolored beads. An ancient barter currency and symbol of wealth, beads are widely used in the royal art of the Grassland chieftainships.
Among the Bamiléké as in other ethnic groups, art objects testified to their owner's place in society. Thus, the materials and forms of the objects varied according to social status. The king Bamiléké , also called fon, guarantor of the fertility of the soil and the protection of his subjects, was not considered mortal. Because of this, his funeral was a joyous celebration, with the fon simply physically retiring but still watching over his people from his ...


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Bamileke Mbap mteng elephant mask
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These long masks made of bead-embroidered fabric with rich polychromy were worn by high-ranking members of Bamileke society . The sections of beaded fabric are surmounted by a basketry tiara decorated with zoomorphic symbols trimmed with textile . Exhibited on the occasion of the funerals of certain warriors, the wearer waved the ears and simulated the charge of the elephant, the animal that this mask symbolized.
Slightly disjointed parts. Bamileke society had several initiatory associations including the mwola and the komiyo, these are the societies from which the men authorized to wear these masks came.

It was on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso ,that members of the Kuosi , Kwosi , society wore impressive feathered headdresses. These were worn over a ...


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Gong Bamileke
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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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Bamileke headdress
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The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Prestigious African headdress, worn by notables, this example offers a trim of fuschia feathers.
It is on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso ,that the members of the Kuosi , Kwosi , society 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 fabric, ndop , decorated with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. The hats were once made from parrot feathers, now from wild guinea fowl, whose scarcity meant high cost. The feathers are attached to wooden strips covered with fabric, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket of wicker fiber. A ...


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Bamileke feather headdress
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The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Prestigious African headdress, worn by notables, it offers a brightly colored feather trim.
It is on the occasion of the elephant dance, tso ,that the members of the Kuosi , Kwosi , society 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 fabric, ndop , decorated with monkey fur and a leopard belt. These dances were performed during festive ceremonies and funerals. The hats were once made from parrot feathers, now wild guinea fowl feathers, the scarcity of which made them expensive. The feathers are attached to wooden strips covered with fabric, placed around a circular frame consolidated by a basket of wicker ...


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Bamileke statue
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This carved figure ("N'Kétuok") embodying a male ancestor with a large ovoid head and a thick, stocky morphology, was carved in wood and then covered with a now-cracked clay coating.
A cavity for use as a reliquary was carved out of the back.
Among the Bamiléké as in other ethnic groups, art objects testified to their owner's place in society. Thus, the materials and forms of the objects varied according to social status. The king Bamiléké , also called fon, guarantor of the fertility of the soil and the protection of his subjects, was not considered mortal. Because of this, his funeral was a joyous celebration, with the fon simply physically retiring but still watching over his people from his new home. Located in the border region of Nigeria, Cameroon's Northwestern ...


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Bamileke Ceremonial Stool / Bamum "Kuo koko"
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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 ...





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