Beaded Blue Headdress With Kauris Finish - Tribal Art
This impressive headdress is delightfully adorned with a superb diamond pattern crafted from cylindrical red, white and blue beads which are lined by cowrie shells. The weathering of the beads further enhances the authentic appearance of this colourful piece. Atop the headdress stands a stunning animal fashioned from the same materials whose extravagantly long tail is lavishly decorated with cowrie shells.
Dimensions approx. 28 x 24 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.