Beaded Janus Head Sculpture With Headdress - Tribal Art
This beautiful two-faced head sculpture is beset with beautiful dark blue glass beads. Each of the two uniquely characterful faces is detailed with an array of smaller red, orange, yellow and white glass beads. A white lizard motif is inlaid on their cheeks. The two faces are conjoined by a headdress which is decorated with an elegant motif of red, orange and black beads.
Dimensions approx. 21 x 18 x 21 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.