Bamum Royal Beaded Dress

Totally covered with thousands of glass beads making this garment 7.5kg in weight!

Bamum Royal Beaded ceremonial dress

Tribe: Bamum/Bamoun

Origin: Foumban Palace Cameroon

Approx Age: 1960-80

Materials: Ndop cloth, glass beads.

Dimensions cm: Flat, 101 long x 80 to either shoulder cuff x 7.5kg

Ref. Number: 1766


An absolutely beautiful Bamum royal beaded dress owned by the wife of the Sultan Seidou Njimoluh Njoya (18th dynasty)  this extremely heavy beaded dress would have been worn during traditional ceremonies within the Bamum Kingdom. An exquisite piece of beadwork, cleaned up this would look even more beautiful, it has gathered storage dust over the years.

Provenance: Purchased from Sultan Seidou Njimoluh Njoya’s successor Sultan Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya.


This beautiful beaded dress would have taken possibly months to create, for the wife of the King some endurance as this dress weighs 7.5kg! Not an everyday wear item luckily, only traditional ceremonies in the Bamum Kingdom.

Seidou Njimoluh Njoya

Portrait of Seidou Njimoluh Njoya.jpg

A photograph of Seidou Njimoluh Njoya
18th Mfon of the Bamun
In office
Preceded by Ibrahim Njoya
Succeeded by Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya
Personal details
Born c. 1902
Died 28 July, 1992
Seidou Njimoluh Njoya

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