Beaded Flywhisk - Human Couple - Tribal Art
A set of two beautiful flywhisks crafted from coloured beads. The pair of figures represents a man and a woman. The male figure is delicately adorned with red, white and blue beads in a zigzag pattern. The female figure is decorated in a pattern of triangles made from orange, yellow and blue beads and sports further details fashioned with black beads. The female figure is exquisitely preserved whereas the male figure displays a beautiful patina on the white details of the pattern.
Dimensions approx. 43/45 x 10 x 8 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.