Lot: 317

85th Tribal Art Auction


Cameroon Grassfields, Bamileke

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Belgian Collection H: 14 inch 1500 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

light brown wood, middle brown patina, ring-shaped base, leopard as caryatid figure, vaulted round seat, dam., insect caused missing parts (esp. seat and base), cracks, traces of abrasion; the leopard embodies certain attributes like quickness, survivability and aggressiveness which were transferred on the king. So he became the most important royal symbol, like an "alter ego" of the king.