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    Batcham (Cameroon)
    Royal Housepost from Ndu
    Wood, pigment
    Height: 116 ½ inches Max. Width: 9 ½ inches Depth: 10 inches

    This superb architectural carving has five expressively, dramatically posed and carved male and female figures, each in a somewhat different position from the last. Rough-hewn and powerful, the figures have knees pointing in to one another, open mouths with teeth showing, and dramatic arm positions. Cameroon Grassfields royal structures embody the most ambitious and grandiose wood architecture known from traditional Africa. Early twentieth century photographs record extensive palace compounds, as well as separate buildings, in which pole walls alternate with sculptured posts, or overhanging thatch roofs are supported by profusely carved columns such as this example. The practice continued well past mid-century, especially since frequent fires necessitated continuing new construction.

    Overall, the condition is good for its age, with some small holes and cracks.

    Provenance: Collected ca. 1908 by a German man living at Bali
    English owner living in Victoria, ca. 1919
    Irène Drivet, who purchased the door in the 1950's
    H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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