Peoples & Societies

Bamileke

The Bantu-speaking Bamileke peoples live within the Cameroon Grasslands, a mountainous region in western Cameroon made up of many different kingdoms. Although the Bamileke peoples share artistic traditions with the Bamum and Kom neighbors, they produce works with distinct characteristics. Much of the art created by the Bamileke is for the king or ruler. Royal portraits and stools carved in wood are sometimes covered with beads, a prestige medium limited to royal use. The Bamileke also create commemorative figural sculptures and zoomorphic masks for use in ceremonies.

Adapted from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 300.

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