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Bamum Fetish or Power Figure

Bamum Fetish or Power Figure

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Bamum people, mid. 20th century, Cameroon, Central Africa

Curious wooden fetish figure. The Cameroon Grasslands is inhabited by a large number of related peoples. These peoples can be divided into three smaller subgroups: Bamum, Bamenda Tikar and Bamileke. Within these complexes there are numerous smaller ethnic groups. Bamum (called also Mom, Bamoun, Mum) are living in the Cameroon Grasslands, nearby the rivers Nbam and Nun. The Bamum people believe in a supreme god (Njinyi) who creates children, and who is everywhere and sees and hears everything. The Bamum doctors practise divination by interpreting the earth spider's manipulation of marked leaves. The Bamum believe that the ancestral spirits are embodied in the skulls of the deceased ancestors. The spirits of ancestors whose skulls are not preserved have nowhere to reside and may as a result cause trouble for the family. Recognizing the importance of the skull, representations of head are found in nearly all decorated utilitarian items and masks. 

Mesmerizing and unusual anthropomorphic fetish or altar figure carved from single piece of  light wood and dyed black with soot. Slightly encrusted surface and fine polished patina. Good condition. Age-related wear and abrasion. Signs of ceremonial use and handling over many years. Size approx. 35,0cm x 10,0cm x 11,0cm. 

Provenance: Dutch private collection

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