Bamileke Beaded Lizard - Bamileke

African Angel ArtSKU: AAA0480
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Dimensions: L:57.9in W:13.8in D:3.9in

The Bamileke beaded animals created by the Bamileke artisans serve multiple purposes. They can be used as decorative items for personal adornment, as household ornaments, or as ceremonial objects.

The choice of animals depicted in the beadwork can vary, but some common examples include lizards, birds, elephants, and frogs. Each animal holds its own symbolic meaning within Bamileke culture. For instance, the lizard may represent agility and adaptability, while the elephant symbolizes strength and power.

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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