Lot 38

Ornamental or ceremonial post with a chief sitting symbolically on a trophy head and holding a royal pipe in his hands. The lower part is decorated with two Janus heads, one with a cheerful expression and the other with an angry expression. These joined heads symbolize the chief's expression in peacetime and the other preceding the fighting.
Wood, old brown patina thick in places, some small micro cracks from time.
Bangwa, Cameroon, early 20th century.
138 x 19 cm.