African Bamileke Bed Carving Table
Design Plus Gallery presents an Early 20th-Century African Bamileke Bed Carving Table. Carved by hand with a beautifully rich stain that showcases the intricate assemblage of figures around the base. There is some wear and patina from age, which adds to the character and unique quality of this one of a kind ceremonial piece. One of the sides of the major plank of wood have carvings showing faces with a pillow to suggest a decorative bed. Proportions would suit usage as a pedestal, coffee or altar table. Beautiful displayed on it’s own as well.
“The Bamileke population are the largest in Cameroon and inhabit the country’s West and Northwest Regions. Regrouped under several groups, each under the guidance of a chief or fon. They speak a number of related languages from the Eastern Grassfield branch of the GrassField language family. These languages are closely related, however, and some classifications identify a Bamileke dialect continuum with seventeen or more dialects. The Bamileke people are known for their very striking and often intricately beaded masquerades, including the impressive elephant mask.”