Paperback / softback
March 17, 2008
300 illus., 193 in color
11.75 Inches (US)
9.00 Inches (US)
3 Pounds (US)
$60.00 USD
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Art and Kings

The ancient kingdoms of the Cameroon Grassfields are famous for their splendid artworks--ornamented thrones, wooden figures, enormous drums, finely carved jewelry made from ivory and brass, and fabulous masks. This book presents 150 masterpieces from the courts of the Grassfield kingdoms. Historical photographs illustrate the magnificent life at the courts encountered by European visitors in the late 19th century. Additional field photographs taken in recent years show that the traditions in the Grassfields are still alive today.

Two leading scholars in the field of Cameroonian art give an important introduction to the fascinating and complex world of the Grassfield kingdoms: their rituals, secret societies, and, above all, the meaning of art in this context.

About the Authors

Christraud M. Geary explores the dynamic of palace art in the kingdom of Bamum. Hans-Joachim Koloss gives a detailed overview of court art in the North West Province.
Paul Holberton Publishing
Rietberg Museum Zurich

9783907077368 : cameroon-homberger-geary-koloss
Paperback / softback
268 Pages
$60.00 USD

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