BAMILEKE BEADED STOOLS ARCHIVES, Cameroon


All of the beaded stools below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

 BAMILEKE
Stool 11
SOLD

BAMILEKE
Stool 13
SOLD

BAMILEKE
STOOL 15
SOLD

BAMILEKE
Stool 17
SOLD


 

BAMILEKE
STOOL19
SOLD

 

BAMILEKE
STOOL 23
SOLD

 

BAMILEKE
STOOL 27
SOLD



BAMILEKE
STOOL 21
SOLD
 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAMILEKE, BEADWORK, Cameroon

.Most Bamileke art (and the work of other kingdoms of the Cameroon Grasslands) relates to kings and important chiefs, who defined their power by the display of prestige objects during important ceremonies. Stools were among the most important of these objects. The motifs include leopards, human figures and heads, spiders, lizards and other subjects plus abstract designs. The spider, often found abstracted in repeating patterns,is a symbol of wisdom. The leopard; cunning, fast, mobile and guardedly aggressive, signifies the ability to survive and is the most important royal icon, often even the king's alter ego. Glass beads embellish the most important royal stools.

Our Bamileke beaded stools show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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