BANGWA STYLE MEMORIAL FIGURES and HEAD, Cameroon

Old Bangwa figures are rare. Despite their appearance, our figures and head show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.


BANGWA STYLE
Figure 1
26.5" high
$1500

 

BANGWA STYLE
Figure 3
19" high
$400

BANGWA STYLE
Figure 4
25.5" high
$400



BANGWA STYLE
Figure 6
33" high
$600

BANGWA STYLE
Figure 9
50.5" high
$1200

BANGWA STYLE
Figure 10
26" high
$1000




BANGWA STYLE
Figure 11
49.5" high
$1000

BANGWA STYLE
Figure 12
39" high
$1000

BANGWA STYLE
Figure 13
31" high
$600




BANGWA STYLE
Head 1
10.5" high
$400


Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BANGWA STYLE MEMORIAL FIGURES, Cameroon

Memorial figures were carved of titled royal wives or princesses, and are often refered to as Bangwa Queens. Their royal status was defined by their collars, necklaces, loin strings and anklets and are usually depicted dancing and singing as at a funeral for a king. They were also honored as priestesses of the earth cult and were displayed lining the verandas of royal residences. The male figures, numbers 3, 4, 5 and 10, were their partners and would be displayed at meetings of the Kwifoyn, or regulatory society.

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