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Leuven, Belgium
5 Days LeftWed, Dec 19, 2018 7:00 PM GMT

Ripple Art Auction: Grassland Beads

Ripple Art Auctions presents you an auction of beaded art from the Cameroon Grasslands. All lots were collected between 1985 and 2005 and are in the state the collector acquired them. No restorations or cleaning has been done. Rulers throughout the many Kingdoms in the Cameroon Grassland region (Bamileke ?Bamum -Tikar) employed a range of Regalia to assert their political, economic and religious power. Presented publicly in lavish displays of wealth and power, many court objects were distinguished by their elaborate bead embroidery. Imported from Venice, Bohemia or Amsterdam, glass beads were considered a luxury material whose use and distribution were controlled by the King. The decoration of objects with vast quantities of brilliantly colored beads transformed utilitarian objects into symbols of royal status and prestige.