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Kings of the Cameroon Grassfields used lavish visual displays to assert their status and wealth. Bowls and vessels were among the many objects commissioned by local rulers and skilled artisans would be paid, and in some cases given noble ranks, for their services. Bowls were carved with abstract...

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1977, acquired in Douala, Cameroon, by Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Cameroon Grassfields, 20th century

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Diameter and height: 30.5 x 13 cm (12 x 5 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

wood and metal


Africa and Oceania


Tableware, Bowls