This African Bamun wooden statue from Cameroon is a beautiful piece to add to your collection. The statue is 26 inches in height and and weighs 10 pounds. He is holding a horn and water jug covered in a thin sheet of metal.
About the Bumun People
The Bamun people reside in the high western grasslands of Cameroon. The king, also known as Fon, rules the land. A king acquires his position from patrilineal lineage and is aided by his queen mother (na). Bamun men and women cultivate the land equally therefore, they share the responsibility. They grow crops such as maize, millet, cassava, and sweet potatoes. The Bamun are known for their craftsmanship, with men doing embroidery work, leatherwork, and wood carving, metalwork, and blacksmithing. Similarly, the women create beautiful pottery for utilitarian purposes as well as decorative and trade.
Masks among the Bamun are indicators of privilege and prestige. For that reason, owners will display masks to announce their social status. A regulatory society by the name of Kwifoyn, regulates the right to license the replication of masks. They do this by way of membership fees. The use of beads, cowrie shells, or brass moves a mask up the social ladder due to the costly and illustrious materials. Masks are often guarded and only brought out to honor notable individuals. They may also be brought out during the annual celebration known as “Nja”, the Fon’s dance.