This attractive figure was carved in the typical Bamileke style from the Batcham area. The statue is sculpted with a large face and nostrils and a broad grin. The figure stands at 32 inches tall and weighs 7.5 pounds. There is some cracking on the face, some wood deterioration and a chip on the ear. Please inspect photos.
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Some cracking, wood deterioration and chips.
About the Bamileke People
“The grassland region, in south-west Cameroon, is a hilly and mountainous area covered by an equatorial forest in the south and a savannah in the north. Politically, the area is divided into numerous small independent kingdoms and chiefdoms, whose powers are counterbalanced by male and female societies. Since it’s colonization by the Germans in 1884, this entire region, in particular the Bamileke, Bamun and Tikar territories, has attracted the attention of Western scholars because of its artistic heritage.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.