Bamileke Tribe Oval Shaped Wooden Shield ~21.3" Tall (New 2024) - West African Artifacts

African Angel ArtsSKU: AA02698

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Dimensions: H:21.3" W:2.4" L:20.9" Weight: 4 lbs.

Bamileke Tribe Oval Shaped Wooden Shield

The Bamileke people of the Cameroon Grasslands handcrafted this oval shaped wooden shield. They are often adorned with intricate designs and symbolic motifs. These shields are used in ceremonial contexts, such as traditional dances, rituals, and important social gatherings. They are considered emblematic of the tribe's heritage and are often treated with great reverence. Each piece is hand carved, painted, and stained, so each sculpture is one-of-a-kind.

About the Tribe

The Bamileke people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Cameroon, primarily residing in the west and northwestern grasslands regions of the country. The Bamileke people are believed to have migrated from Egypt between the 11th and 14th centuries. They are composed of several subgroups, each with its own distinct customs and traditions and they speak several dialects of the grassfields language family that are all closely related. They are known for their rich cultural heritage, intricate social organization, and economic activities.

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