Additional Information: A bowl with carved handle and incised motifs on sides and sides.This bowl has its origin among the Bamileke people or any other groups in Camroon. The Bamilek are are the largest tribal group in Cameroon. Cameroon art is diverse in its many forms, materials, and use and is broken into a number of sub-styles based upon the number of ethnic groups, their history and local religious and social practice. This carving bowl was used to serve kola nuts or foodstuff.The offering of kola nuts is an important aspect of Western African ceremonial and ritual life and a sign of hospitality as the sharing of kola nuts are also a symbol of friendship and trust. Priests also use this type of bowl to store medicines or other ritual items. Such a bowl might have been used to contain offerings during ceremonies and ritual such as the cult of ancestors.
ART OF CAMEROON, by Paul Gebauer.