Gorgeous Bamun Stool 21″ Long – Cameroon – African Tribal Art

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This stool was created by the Bamun people of Cameroon. The stool has beautiful carvings throughout and measures 11.5 inches tall, 21 inches wide and weighs 7 pounds. There is a missing chip from the side, some minor cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear – please inspect photos.

 

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Type of Object

Furniture, Stool

Country of Origin

Cameroon

Ethnicity

Bamun (Bamum)

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

11.5"

Width (Inches)

21"

Depth (Inches)

8"

Weight (Pounds)

7 lbs

Overall Condition

Missing chip from side, scrapes, scuffs – see photos

Tribe Information

About the Bamun (Bamum) 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.”

“The sultanate of Bamun is ruled by a single, sacred king, known as the Fon, who resides in the capital Fumban. He is assisted by three officials and seven hereditary councilors to rule the 80,000 people.”

“Statues representing ancestors are found all over the Bamun and Bamileke areas. They can be life size and can be incorporated into the backrest of an elaborate throne. These figures representing the king’s wives and his attendants are usually stored in a secret part of the palace and are displayed when a foreign dignitary visits or during important ceremonies headed by the king.”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

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