Cameroon Gorilla family statue

$5,075.00

Africa art one of a kind Congo Gorilla family sculpture
Africa art one of a kind Congo Gorilla family sculpture
Africa art one of a kind Congo Gorilla family sculpture
YC0040-D
Africa art one of a kind Congo Gorilla family sculpture
Africa art one of a kind Congo Gorilla family sculpture
Africa art one of a kind Congo Gorilla family sculpture
Africa art one of a kind Congo Gorilla family sculpture
YC0040-D
Africa art one of a kind Congo Gorilla family sculpture

Cameroon Gorilla family statue

$5,075.00

Cameroon Gorilla Statue

Size:

670mm High X 420mm Wide X 280mm Deep

Weight:

10,7Kg

Detail: Wood-carved Gorilla with 5 little Gorillas

Cameroonian Wood Carvings:

Cameroon Gorilla family statue. Woodcarving was originally not decorative, but played an important function in Cameroonian society, with objects associated with ceremonies and performances. Carvings were not only judged by how they looked, but also by the amount of power they possessed and by what they could do. Many objects were used to communicate with ancestors and other powerful spirits. Carvers were held in high esteem and worked mostly for forts (local kings). In fact, the late fon (chief of a local group) of Babungo was himself a talented carver, who descended from a royal line of carvers.

Today both tourists and fons support woodcarvers. In addition to traditional items like drums, masks, statues, house posts, doors, door frames, vessels, mortars, royal beds, thrones, and games, carvers of recent times also produce figurines, wall plaques, and contemporary furniture. Items destined for tourists are usually not as fine as items crafted for a fon or his court. Many forts, however, in an effort to earn money for their people, are selling their old carvings and commissioning new replacements. These Bamileke, Tikar, and Bamoun antiquities can be found in museums and collections around the world. Some carvings, however, have been stolen and sold to collectors, which has caused quite a hardship on the people, since these special objects are believed to possess great power and cannot be easily replaced.

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Cameroon Gorilla Statue

Detail: Wood-carved Gorilla with 5 little Gorillas

Cameroonian Wood Carvings:

Cameroon Gorilla family statue. Woodcarving was originally not decorative, but played an important function in Cameroonian society, with objects associated with ceremonies and performances. Carvings were not only judged by how they looked, but also by the amount of power they possessed and by what they could do. Many objects were used to communicate with ancestors and other powerful spirits. Carvers were held in high esteem and worked mostly for forts (local kings). In fact, the late fon (chief of a local group) of Babungo was himself a talented carver, who descended from a royal line of carvers.

Today both tourists and fons support woodcarvers. In addition to traditional items like drums, masks, statues, house posts, doors, door frames, vessels, mortars, royal beds, thrones, and games, carvers of recent times also produce figurines, wall plaques, and contemporary furniture. Items destined for tourists are usually not as fine as items crafted for a fon or his court. Many forts, however, in an effort to earn money for their people, are selling their old carvings and commissioning new replacements. These Bamileke, Tikar, and Bamoun antiquities can be found in museums and collections around the world. Some carvings, however, have been stolen and sold to collectors, which has caused quite a hardship on the people, since these special objects are believed to possess great power and cannot be easily replaced.

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Additional Information

Weight 10.7 kg
Dimensions 670 x 420 x 280 mm

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