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Bamileke Beaded Flute Whistle on Stand African Art

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Title Bamileke Beaded Flute Whistle on Stand African Art
Type of Object Beaded figure
Country of Origin Cameroon, Grasslands Region
People Bamileke
Materials Wood, fabric, beads
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 11.5 Inches
Width: 4.25 Inches
14.75 inches H. on stand; 28 inches with beaded "tail"
Overall Condition Good. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Damage/Repair dirt, wear, loose beads; see pictures for details.


Additional Information:  This flute, as it is called by the African traders, would also be considered a whistle, in Western terms.  It may have been made for more decorative purposes and may not be able to make noise.


This incrediblec flute comes from the Bamileke people of the Cameroon Grasslands. This is a rather complex and remote area both geographically and culturally. The majority of the peoples now inhabiting this region migrated south during the "Fulani Wars" of the 17th century. The Grasslands is dominated today by three large cultures: the Bamun, Bamileke, and the Bamenda Tikar. Each village is led by a primary chief, or "Fon." All people in the area are expected to pay allegiance to this leader. Each Fon is selected by his predecessor, based on the dominant lineage within that community. The Fon is served by a council of elders, who advise him on all important decisions and who also play an important role in the selection of the next Fon. Most chiefs serve for a lifetime, abdicating the throne only when near death. Complex societies also help to structure the community, and the Fon oversees these as well. 


Paul Gebauer, Art of Cameroon, 1979, p. 91
Tamara Northern. The Art of Cameroon, 1984, p. fig. 22, p. 37,pp. 40-41, p.44, p.95


Warren M. Robbins 7& Nancy Ingram Nooter, African Art In American Collections. A Schiffer Book. 2004, fig. 819. 319