A VERY FINE CAMEROON GRASSFIELDS BOWL BEARER
Provenance: Wil Hoogstraate, Galerie d’eendt, Amsterdam
Bowl-bearing figures, among the most widely known sculptures in Cameroon art, were part of the treasury of a king or chief, and also belonged to royal diviners. Bowl figures are referred to as the “treasures” of their owners, for they were used to store precious articles like beads and chalk. In the past, as visitors entered the royal compound, they would draw some chalk from the deep recess of the bowl and rub it on their chest and arms in respect to the ruler. Beautiful details of both hands carrying the bowl. Nice patina of use, good condition.
Cameroon, Grassfields, Africa
Wood, 28 cm