Bamoun Ceremonial Bag or Insignia
31 x 20 inches (77.5 x 50 cm)
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