MATAKAM SICKLES, Cameroon

These dance sickles have been vetted as authentic and show signs of age and use.






MATAKAM
Sickle 2
16" high
$125

MATAKAM
Sickle 4
16" high
$125



 MATAKAM
Sickle 5
16.5" high
$125


MATAKAM
Sickle 6
15" high
$125


MATAKAM
Sickle 7
15.5" high
$125


The sickles below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.



MATAKAM
Sickle 1
16" high
SOLD


MATAKAM
Sickle 3
16.5" high
SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

In the past, the women used to perform these dances after the harvest at the beginning of the dry season; they were generally intended to pay homage to the earth and the ancestors, as well as to all the women who had tended the fields, from the time of the sowing until the harvest.  The pruning hooks carried by the women as they dance stand for renewed fertility and future abundant crops.

       
Text by Claude Savary and images (from the 70's) of Matakam dancers by Michel Huet, The Dances of Africa.


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