Beaded Flywhisk - Rooster - Tribal Art
The Royal Fly Whisks (ethnic names: see leng koko or beuka) used in dances are made of carved wood to which horse tails are attached. These tails are veritable war trophies cut from horses killed in battle against and amongst the Bamoum, Fulbe and Chamba. The handles are covered with burlap and embroidered with European glass beads. Fly Whisks are Royal attributes, and each King possesses several examples. The King can authorize certain dignitaries or warriors to use them as long as no more than three individuals use the same one.Most of the whisk handles are relatively simple in shape, but other, more complex, handle forms are sometimes encountered including horned animals, monkeys, elephants, birds, person (s), etc.
This beaded flywhisk is made of a horses tail and superbly embellished with coloured beads. The handle is lined with delicate cylindrical blue beads. The gorgeous handle is further decorated with a stunning rooster’s head which is fashioned from red, white and blue beads of varying sizes. The open mouth of the head is lined with an elegant red cloth. The authentic stitching with which the flowing black-haired tail is attached to the handle is visible on the back of this unique piece.
Dimensions approx. 55 x 12 x 17 cm
Beaded art from the Cameroon Grasslands collected between 1985 and 2005. Rulers throughout the many Kingdoms in the Cameroon Grassland region (Bamileke –Bamum -Tikar) employed a range of Regalia to assert their political, economic and religious power. Presented publicly in lavish displays of wealth and power, many court objects were distinguished by their elaborate bead embroidery. Imported from Venice, Bohemia or Amsterdam, glass beads were considered a luxury material whose use and distribution were controlled by the King. The decoration of objects with vast quantities of brilliantly colored beads transformed utilitarian objects into symbols of royal status and prestige.
All lots are in the state the collector acquire them. No restorations or cleaning has been performed.