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Today we are delighted to offer an outstanding old African Bamileke Yoruba full size worship figure! This wonderful artifact is intricately and expertly hand-crafted by the peoples of Bemileke, the native group which is now dominant in Cameroon’s West and Northwest Regions. It is part of the Semi-Bantu (or Grassfields Bantu) ethnic group. The Bamileke are regrouped under several groups, each under the guidance of a chief or fon. They speak a number of related languages from the Bantoid branch of the Niger–Congo language family. These languages are closely related, however, and some classifications identify a Bamileke dialect continuum with seventeen or more dialects. This colorful statue, measuring 54″ in height represents an important Royal ancestor figure of the Bamileke tribe. This beaded figure is carved on a stand and covered with beautiful old blue, yellow, black, white, and green glass beads whose colors stand out against each other. These beads figures were not worshiped, but honored and cared for. These figures were shown during ceremonies for prestige, and are as expressive as the beaded masks of the Bamileke made with special beads. Figure presents beautifully and is in very good antique condition, with very minor wear, distressing, and patina commensurate with age. There are a few small areas of bead loss. Item sold as-found. This fabulous figure was acquired by a local anthropology professor during his many trips to the African continent many years ago. Bring the beauty and craftsmanship of the Bamileke to any interior with this beautiful statue. Fresh to the market!
Dimensions: 54″ in height, 13″ in length, and 10″ in depth
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