BAMILEKE FIGURE 4, Cameroon

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAMILEKE, FIGURE 4, 18", $400, Cameroon
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These royal ancestor figures were not worshipped but were honored and cared for. They were displayed for prestige during ceremonies. All are expressive like their masks and, as in much Bamileke art, numbers 3 and 4 are further embellished with beads.

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