Ceremonial Royal Gong With Beaded Figure - Tribal Art
This ceremonial gong features a gorgeous figure decorated with glass beads. The gong is exquisitely made and has an attractive layer of patina. The figure is adorned with red and green beads of different sizes. The size difference give off a beautiful scale-like texture. The figure holds an eye-catching horn covered in black, green and red beads in one hand and supports his head with the other. The figures’ loincloth is covered in delicate black and red beads in a triangular pattern.
Dimensions approx. 135 x 25 x 20 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.