Africa | Stool from the Bamileke people of the Cameroon Grassfields | Wood, with brown patina | The leopard embodies certain attributes like quickness, survivability and aggressiveness which were transfered to the king. So the leopard became the most important royal symbol, like an “alter ego” of the king.
Hemba peoples Ancestor figure Wood H. 77.2 cm - represents a revered and respected male ancestor, the founder of the lineage. It is of a type of figure called singiti, and includes the elaborate cross-shaped hairstyle that was described by the earliest European visitors to the region, including the Scottish missionary doctor David Livingstone. The calm serene, dignified pose reflects the serene attitude of the elders.
Portraits of King Pokam and Queen Yugang, Sovereigns of Batoufam: the Royal Couple in the René and Odette Delenne Collection - rightfully considered as amongst the most prestigious and striking images in the history of African art. Before 1920. READ comprehensive note