Bamoun Ceremonial Bag or Insignia

Bamoun

Cameroon

31 x 20 inches (77.5 x 50 cm)

DESCRIPTION

Bamoun Ceremonial Bag or Insignia,  Cameroon Grasslands

In the Grassland chiefdoms, raffia bags embellished with thick tufting were the prerogative of men and women of royal or noble status as well as courtiers, chiefs, and political emissaries. Hidden within an extraordinary nubby surface that evokes raised cicatrization welts, the lizard emblems suggest the ritualistic and cultic associations of this mysterious bag identified with initiates of the supreme Nwaa Nkwe secret society.

Raffia, plain weave, embroidery, knotting, braiding, tassels



CONDITION

Excellent

Provenance

Martial Bronsin

DATE

Early 20th century

Dimensions

31 x 20 inches (77.5 x 50 cm)

PRICE

1,500

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