Beaded Ceremonial Trophy Head - Tribal Art
Fashioned from wood, cloth and red, white and blue glass beads. These colourful beaded heads were typically worn by chiefs and other notables on ceremonial occasions. They were highly symbolic power accoutrements and probably represent the heads of enemies taken in battle. Old and authentic examples are rare and this beautifully expressive specimen shows evident age and patina.
Dimensions approx. 15 cm height
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.