'Ndu Nyiet' Royal Horn Cup
Bamun or Bamileke,
32 x 10.5 x 11cm,
Elaborate black buffalo horn drinking cups (Ndu Nyiet) were reserved for royalty and courtiers of the Grasslands Kingdoms including the Bamun and Bamileke, for use in important ceremonies for drinking palm wine. This is particularly large and ornate with carved animal/bird motifs in relief, a copper wire rim and bass cap to the base.
Cf. Tamara Northern, Expressions of Cameroon Art: The Franklin Collection, p. 35, fig. 32 for a similar cup. Also two others in the Lowie Museum, Berkeley, published in William Bascom, African Art in Cultural Perspective, p.118, pl.77. Another in the Fowler Museum with brass terminal and wirework. For a further discussion, see Adenike Cosgrove for Imo Dara:
Good, minor damage to pierced holes, with wear to some decoration.