Beaded Royal Stool Supported By Two Leopards - Tribal Art
This stunning stool has a round base and plateau covered with cloth and embroidered with cowrie shells and red green glass beads. Two gorgeous leopard figures uphold the top of the stool. One leopard is decorated with green and red beads in a checkered pattern, the other is covered with blue and brown beads. The rims of the stool are decorated with glass beads in a pattern of green triangles on red. Beautiful rows of cowrie shells line the edges of the stool and the leopard figures. The top of the stool is decorated with black and cyan beads in a zigzag pattern.
Dimensions approx. 46 x 31 x 30 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.