Reintegration / Ancestors

By Monica Demott
(formerly University of Iowa)

Cameroon; Kom peoples

Royal figure

Wood, beads, fiber, iron, cloth

H. 91.4 cm (36")

Indiana University Art Museum, 68.190

This female figure holding a bowl is from the royal treasury of the kingdom of Kom, in the Grasslands area of Cameroon.  It is one of several figures that were displayed during royal ceremonies to represent the royal ancestors.  The wooden figure is covered with precious dark blue glass beads.

Enthronment of Jinabo II, the late King of Kom, Northwest Province of Cameroon. Photo by Hans-Joachim Koloss.