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The Bamum of the Cameroon Grasslands have a rich tradition of courtly art. Royal prestige and wealth was directly related to the richness of the visual display s in the king's palace. Rulers would call upon artists to make masks, textiles, sculptures, and stools and noble status would be...

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1970s, sold by an unidentified African merchant, Cambridge, MA, to 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, Bamum peoples, Cameroon, 20th century, 1950–2000

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Overall: 65 x 18.5 x 16 cm (25 9/16 x 7 5/16 x 6 5/16 in.) Overall (on wood platform base): 3.5 x 19.7 x 23.5 cm (1 3/8 x 7 3/4 x 9 1/4 in.)

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Wood, burlap, beads, shells, string, encrustation


Africa and Oceania