Bamileke, Cameroon Grassfields Low Oval Stool ia a typical Cameroon Grassfields stool (northwestern Cameroon), made of light-colored medium tone, hard wood. hand-carved from a single piece. Features long oval seat on four supports. The outer borders of the seat are closed, rectangular base frame are decorated with carved rhombus shapes in relief. Each of the four supports features decorative geometric motifs on the outside.
Beautiful patina and developed character from age and use: minor cracks in wood due consistent with age of wood and changes in temperatures and humidity in different climates. It is very rare to find Bamileke stool from Cameroon,
*note all marks and wear are inherent qualities of an authentic vintage item and are not damages.
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DIMENSIONS: 17” L x 8” W x 7” H
ORIGIN: Early 20th century
FACTS & HISTORY: The Bamileke are a Grassfields ethnic group that make up 40% of Cameroons population and inhabit the country's western region. The Bamileke are subdivided into several tribes, each under the guidance of a King or fon.
The Bamileke people are known for their very striking and often intricately beaded masquerade art, including the impressive elephant mask. Bamileke art relates to kings and important chiefs, who defined their power by the display of prestige objects during important ceremonies.
The Bamileke people are also known for being very wealthy people. They hold the economic power in Cameroon. Many Bamileke are entrepreneurs.