Lot: 235

98e vente aux enchères

Deux têtes de pipe figuratives

Cameroun Grassland, Bamum

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
American Private Collection 600 EUR
Frais supplémentaires : 23% de commission, TVA, expédition et assurance transport

terracotta, painted black,

a) in shape of a seated male figure with prestige cap, h: 18 cm; b) in shape of a seated male with buffalo head and prestige cap, h: 17 cm; both with label "H 437 & H 438 Cloypik", both mounted on base

As regalia of Fons and title-holders, terracotta pipes were indispensable personal prestige items, cared for and carried after their owners by retainers, and displayed as status indicators on ceremonial occasions.

Terrakotta pipes were made by specialist artisans in several well-known centers. Most of these - Bamessing, Bamale, Babungo, Babessi- were located in the Ndop Plain, an area rich in clay deposits, but Bamum was equally renowned for spectacular pipe creations.

Northern, Tamara, The Art of Cameroon, Washington D.C. 1984, p. 120