Bamileke Tribe Beaded Statues ~11" Tall (New 2024) - West African Artifacts

African Angel ArtsSKU: AA02756

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Dimensions: H:11" W:4.5" L:5.1" Weight: 4.4 lbs.

Bamileke Tribe Beaded Statues

These beaded statues are typically made using a wooden armature which is then adorned with colorful glass beads. These beads are meticulously arranged in intricate patterns, often reflecting the status and significance of the subject being depicted. These statues serve multiple purposes within Bamileke society. They are used in rituals, ceremonies, and cultural events to honor ancestors, commemorate important events, or invoke spiritual blessings. They also serve as status symbols, with larger and more elaborate statues often belonging to wealthier or more prestigious individuals or families.

About the Tribe

The Cameroon-Bamileke Bantu people cluster encompasses multiple Bantu ethnic groups primarily found in Cameroon, the largest of which is the Bamileke. Between the 11th and 14th centuries, they moved to what is now northern Cameroon. They moved further south and west in the 17th century to avoid being forced to convert to Islam by the Fulani tribe. They live in a hilly and mountainous area in south-west Cameroon known as "The Grassland," which is bordered on the south by an equatorial forest and on the north by a savannah.

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