Cameroon

In the Grasslands region of northwestern Cameroon, bead embroidery is one of the most lavish arts.

19th–20th century C.E.

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Pageantry in the Palace—Bamum Kingdom, Cameroon
Pageantry in the Palace—Bamum Kingdom, Cameroon

Vibrant annual ngoun celebrations involve masks used in gatherings in the Bamun Kingdom, Camerooon

Ceremonial Palm Wine Vessel (Cameroon Grasslands peoples)
Ceremonial Palm Wine Vessel (Cameroon Grasslands peoples)

Lavishly decorated with expensive materials for the chief’s exclusive use, this isn’t your average wine bottle.

Elephant Mask (Bamileke Peoples)
Elephant Mask (Bamileke Peoples)

The austere display of this powerful object masks the complexity of its original context.

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