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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.


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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Seat of dignitary Bamileke Kuo koko
African art > Chair, palaver seat, throne, stool > Bamileke Table

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 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
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Bamileke statue

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
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Bamileke mask

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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Double ritual bell Bamileke Kwifoyn
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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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Bamileke headdress
African art > Headdresses and hats, headdresses > Bamileke headdress

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 N  Ketuok reliquary statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Bamileke statue

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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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 ...

Feathered hair Bamileke "Juju Hat"
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The sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African art.
Prestigious African headdress, worn by notables, this example offers a variegated feather in shades of beige.
It is on the occasion of the dance of the elephant, tso ,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 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 ...

Elephant mask Bamileke Mbap mteng
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Bamileke Mask

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.

These elephant dance, tso, was the ...

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 ...

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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African art > Headdresses and hats, headdresses > Bamileke Hat

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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