Lot: 219

90.I Tribal Art and 90.II Contemporary Native American Art

Large royal throne

Cameroon Grassfields, Bamum

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Gisela & Hartwig Dehmel, Lüchow, Germany H: 34.6 inch;
D: 33.5 inch
4500 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, The stool is the foremost prestige object as symbol of royal office. Coupled with royal icons used as caryatids, the stool explicitly upholds the Fon's authority. The leopard embodies certain attributes like speediness, survivability and aggressiveness which were transferred on the king. So he became the most important royal symbol, like an "alter ego" of the king.