Beaded Ceremonial Flute - Tribal Art
This intriguing beaded ceremonial flute is covered with a combination of red, white and dark blue beads in a gorgeous pattern of diagonally aligned squares. It consists of a flat square body and an end that resembles a head wearing a crest. A small cord is fastened on one end of the flute. The base of this cord is decorated with deep blue beads whereas the rest of it is covered in white beads.
Dimensions approx. 34 (82) x 13 x 6 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.