Lot: 225

Commemorative maternity figure

Cameroon Grassfields, Bamileke / Bangwa

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
French Collection H: 29.7 inch 8000 EUR / 15000 EUR

wood, pigments, rest. (legs), base Female commemorative figures in the Grassfield often represent royal woman, i.e. the queen mother and titled wives. They are honored, cared for and kept in safe places. Traditionally they were displayed in public on special occasions, particularly the December and January annual festivals where homage is paid to the fon.

Kahan, Leonard et .al., A Cameroon World, New York 2007, p. 152