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African art - Bamileke:

It is in the region of Grassland in Cameroon where the Bamoun also live, that the Bamileke settled.


Feathered hair "Juju" Bamileke
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African art > Headdress Hat > 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 > African Chair > 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 > Usual african items > 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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Elephant mask Bamileke Mbap mteng
African art > African mask > 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.

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 Bamileke /Juju Hat
African art > Usual african items > Bamileke hat

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 Bangwa Ritual Rattle Soundings
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African art > Usual african items > Bamileke Sounds

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 ...

Hat  Bamileke /Juju Hat
African art > Usual african items > Bamileke Headdress

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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Ceremonial Headdress Bamileke "JuJu Hat"
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African art > Headdress Hat > Bamileke hat

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 > African Chair > 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 ...

Feathered headdress Bamileke "JuJu Hat"
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African art > Headdress Hat > Bamileke hat

The Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in African tribal art.
prestigious African look, worn by the notables, this copy offers a particularly dense red and light red feather trim. It was during the elephant dance, 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 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 ...

Mask Bamileke Té mam bu
African art > African mask > Bamileke Mask

Ex-Belgian African art collection

The Batouffam region, in Bamileke territory, produces this type of African mask with bulging cheeks associated with blower, globular eyes, a long buzzed nose and trimmed teeth. Mask intended to be worn on the head, it is hollowed out to reduce its weight and has a bushy raffia collar. Located in the border region of Nigeria, the northwestern province of Cameroon, 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 which would have broad supernatural powers including that of being able to transform into an animal such as the python, the elephant , the leopard, or the buffalo. ...


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Double Bamileke Ritual Bell
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African art > Usual african items > Bamileke Currency

Weapons, jewelry, coins, metal objects are inseparable from traditional African art. Metallurgy is intimately associated with the founding myths of many African cultures, such as blacksmiths turned kings (Zaire), the anvil hammer being the symbol of power among the Luba. Cult accessories, the 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 peoples of Grassland, the Kwifoyn, whose headquarters adjoined the royal palace. The tinkling of wooden rods on hollow metal announced the beginning of ceremonies: communication with the supernatural world, ancestors, deities, could be established. Also prestigious objects, they accompanied the respect due to ...

Bamoun/Bamileke beaded statue
African art > African Statues > 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 ...


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Juju Bamileke feathered headdress
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Bamileke tribal art.
The Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in traditional African art. Bright colors 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 originally ...

Mask Batcham Msop / Tsemabu
African art > African mask > 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 ...


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Bamileke beaded statuette
African art > African Statues > 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 s ceremonial tab
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African art > African Chair > Table Bamileke

In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their know-how through the use of multicolored beads.
This cult seat, monoxyle, consists of a circular base and seat supported by figures leaning on top of one another. The interior is hollowed out.
A basic structure is carved into wood and then covered, above a rabane canvas, with an imported bead lattice whose colours correspond to the different chiefdoms.

Located 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 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 ...


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Bamileke beaded statuette
African art > African Statues > 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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Juju Bamileke feathered headdress
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African art > Headdress Hat > Juju Hat

Bamileke tribal art.
The Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in traditional African art. Multicolored 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 ...

Bamileke Pageant Tabula " Kuo Koko"
African art > African Chair > Table Bamileke

In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their know-how through the use of multicolored beads.
This large cult seat, monoxyle, consists of a base and a circular plateau connected by four characters acting as curved caryatids leaning on top of one another. The interior is hollowed out.
A basic structure is carved into wood and then covered, above a rabane canvas, with an imported bead lattice whose colours correspond to the different chiefdoms.

Located 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 and Bamileke. Several centralized chiefdoms, or kingdoms, based on customary associations, secret societies, are organized around the Fon which has broad ...


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Bamileke Hairhead "Juju hat"
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African art > Headdress Hat > Bamileke hat

Bamileke tribal art.
The Sumptuous Bamileke headdresses in traditional African art. Multicolored specimen for this dazzling African adornment of prestige, worn by the notables. 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 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 ...





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