Bamileke Chiefs Pot

An exquisitely carved Bamileke chiefs pot with tradition carved charactistic features.
Tribe: Bamileke

Origin: Village ‘Wum’ north west region Cameroon

Approx Age: 1970

Materials: Wood

Dimensions cm: 56 tall x 46 wide

Ref. Number: 1148


A Bamileke chiefs pot made originally for the chief/fon to eat from, this was carved for “Fon Nghan” leader of “Wum”, after many years of it being in use he gave it to his wife to keep her possessions in.  Full description below.

Provenance: Collected by Abdel Aziz Gbetnkom from his majesty Nghan on behalf of us. 


A beautiful rare pot with the carving showing real strength, power and royalty. Lizard on the lid, the human head to the rear and the ears of the elephant surrounding the base are all present to signify this. The repetitive pattern around the centre of the pot is the Bamileke representation of the earth spider or tarantula, this motif is chosen as it is revered for its wisdom being clever enough to build beautiful trap, spending some time underground it is thought she could be a messenger between the living world and the world of the ancestors, giving her clairvoyance powers.

The pot has had a repair and there are small scuffs and chips and old minor insect evidence, but this expected on a piece as old as this, dark brown patina and evidential use and a really stunning pot previously owned by Bamileke royalty.

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