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Circular African Chair From Bamenda in Cameroon

Object description: Heavy armchair, carved out of one piece of camwood, circular seat supported on the heads and hands of four human figures, two male and two female, alternating, and on a cylindrical middle pillar which is carried by the foreparts of four leopards standing cross wise, their heads and fore-legs appearing between every two human figures, the feet of all the supporting figures resting on a ring base, openwork back consisting of conventionalised flat human heads facing outwards, arranged in three horizontal rows of seven, eight and three respectively and connected by short rounded staves running obliquely, the whole arrangement supporting a solid square sectioned curved rim which is surmounted at its tip by the figures of two crouching leopards facing each other.

 

Accession Book Entry - Collections made by Dr M.D.W. Jeffreys, Bamenda, British Cameroons and given to the Pitt Rivers Museum by his direction from with his consent by the Wellcome Hist. Medical Museum 1942 WJ 1663 Heavy armchair, carved out of one piece of camwood, circular seat supported on the heads and hands of four human figures, two male and two female, alternating, and on a cylindrical middle pillar which is carried by the foreparts of four leopards standing cross wise, their heads and fore-legs appearing between every two human figures, the feet of all the supporting figures resting on a ring base, openwork back consisting of conventionalised flat human heads facing outwards, arranged in three horizontal rows of of [sic] seven, eight and three respectively and connected by short rounded staves running obliquely, the whole arrangement supporting a solid square sectioned curved rim which is surmounted at its tip by the figures of two crouching leopards facing each other Height c3' Bamenda district Cameroons (Orig no missing)

 

 

 

Added Accession Book Entry - Note on collection Daukes 3 June 1942 (see pocket) states that the following is the correct description: Jeffreys coll. d.d. Wellcome Hist. Medical Museum

 

Display history: In C.6.A West African Sculpture with the following display label until these were removed and rewritten when the case was repainted in February 2014: 'CAMEROONS. Bamenda. Chair carved from a single piece of camwood, the seat supported on the heads and hands of four human figures and on a cylindral central pillar carried by four leopards. 1942.13.1663 Collected by Dr. M.D.W. Jeffreys.' [label now in related documents file] [ZM 11/02/2014]
 

 

 

Source: objects.prm.ox.ac.uk/pages/PRMUID160296.html

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