Stool - 2009.126.25_8

2009.126.25_8

Stool

Maker: Unidentified artist or workshop, Bamileke style
Medium:Carved wood with bead and cowrie shell embroidered burlap cover
Geography: Cameroon
Dimensions:
H. 36 cm, Diam. 33 cm
Object number: 2009.126.25
Credit Line: Donated by Esther Amrad Dagan in Memory of her daughter Halit, and in homage to unknown African artists
Not on view
DescriptionBeaded stool with leopard caryatids were reserved for chiefs and kings in the Cameroonian grassfields. The leopard is one of the animals associated with a king who was believed to be able to transform into this sacred animal during his night excursions. When hunters killed leopards these had to be brought to the king who would use the pelts as symbolic decoration in his reception room.
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