Drinking horn - 2013.44.48_1


Drinking horn

Maker: Unidentified Bamum artist
Medium:Casted brass
Geography: Bamessing (Nsei), Cameroon
Date: 1960-1980
13.5 x 6.5 x 8.5 cm
Object number: 2013.44.48
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the ROM Research Endowment Fund
Not on view
DescriptionDrinking cup in the shape of a horn decorated with two panels on the side framing human heads. The cup is an important symbol of a title holder and is usually inherited by his successor. A broken cup such as this needs to be replaced with a new object for continuing use in official occasions and ceremonies. This horn cup belonged to the quarter head of the Ntukwe Quarter of Bamessing. It was sold by Paul Forbah, grandson of the original owner. This cup was probably made in the Nkwen (Bamenda) where many brass workshops are located. Brass working in the northern Grassfields is mostly done by Bamum people.
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