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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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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Cameroon Grassfields, 20th century

Object Place

Cameroon

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2009.2585

Medium or Technique

wood and metal

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Tableware, Bowls