Lot: 332

87th Tribal Art Auction

Prestige bag of a notable

Cameroon Grassfields, Bamileke

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Ian & Susan Sutherland, New York, USA
Lynn University, Florida, USA
M: 12.6 inch x 13.8 inch 400 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

plant fibre, frontside richly embroidered with raffia bast (two lizards recognizable), abundant tassels, long central tail extending from the plaited handle, two porcupine quills, good condition. Prestige bags of woven raffia are widely used in the Grassfields. Men often carry practical shoulder bags for their personal belongings (farming tools, drinking horns, cola nuts, snuff, tobacco etc.) The man who set out for the hunt had his bag attached to the spear shaft. For important occasions men take a better looking bag. Carrying bags like the present one were carried about on market days, death celebrations or important meetings to let it proclaim his position as a lineage-head.

Gebauer, Paul, Art of Cameroon, New York 1979, p. 279, P 149 Kahan, Leonard et .al., A Cameroon World, New York 2007, p. 75