Beaded Royal Stool Supported By Four Figures - Tribal Art
This stunning stool has a round base and plateau covered with cloth and embroidered with cowrie shells and red , blue, black and white glass beads. Four gorgeous figures uphold the top of the stool. Each of the servant figures’ faces is uniquely decorated with delicate glass beads of varying colours. The rims of the stool are decorated with glass beads in an inviting triangle pattern. Each quarter of the rims features its own colour pallet, giving the stool a different appearance from every angle.
Dimensions approx. 38 x 36 x 32 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.