Beaded Monkey Head - Tribal Art
This beaded monkey head has a striking realistic shape. It is decorated with small glass beads in and array of reds, blues and whites. Blue and red beads form a gorgeous triangular pattern that is centred around the mouth. The shallow eyes are filled with dark blue beads that add a beautiful depth to the whole. The nose is adorned by the use of larger dark blue beads. Both ears feature a zigzag line of vibrant red and dark blue glass beads.
Dimensions approx. 22 x 19 x 17 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.