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Ceremonial items used by Bamum leaders

Before Europeans conquered the Grassfields, Bamum leaders used the following items in their important ceremonies. Some - like the buffalo drinking horn - orginally came from other Grassfields peoples and cultures. Over time, the Bamum adopted these objects and made them their own.

 
Prestige Drinking Vessel with Lid
Gourd, plasic beads
Baham, Cameroon
1995
Prestige Pipe
Brass
Unidentified Bamum royal palace artist
Foumban, Cameroon
1995
Human Face Mask
Brass
Bamum artisan
Foumban, Cameroon
Between 1960 - 1970
Prestige Basket with Lid
Bamboo, plastic beads
Baham, Cameroon
1995
Human Figure
Brass
Unidentified Bamum royal palace artist
Foumban, Cameroon
Early 1970's
Carved Tusk
Ivory
Unidentified Bamum royal palace artist
Foumban, Cameroon
Before 1914
Pipe Bowl and Stem
Brass
Unidentified Bamum artist
Foumban, Cameroon
Early 1970's
Human Figure
Brass
Unidentified Bamum artist
Foumban, Cameroon
Early 1960's

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