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Dimensions: L:16.1in W:12.2in D:12.2in
These bronze cast stools are created by the Bamoun or Bamum people of the Cameroon Grasslands, in Foumban, the capital of the Kingdom of Bamum. Stools featuring animals are traditionally reserved for dignitaries, chiefs, and noblemen in Western Cameroon. Bronze casting has always been a court art and a family guild's labor. Bamum court arts flourished in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when artists working solely for the palace created elaborate bead-covered thrones and stools, wooden sculptures, human and animal masks, architectural carvings, and fine objects in bronze, ivory, and clay.
About the Tribe
Bamum, also spelled Bamoun, is a West African ethnic group from the Kingdom of Bamoun in present-day Cameroon. They speak a language that is often used as a lingua franca and is related to the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo family. Their kingdom, which has its capital in Foumban in Cameroon's high western grasslands, is ruled by a king (mfon) who is descended from one of the exogamous patrilineal lineages.
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