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Bamileke Wooden Guitar harp Musical Instrument Cameroon African Art

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Title Bamileke Wooden Guitar harp Musical Instrument Cameroon African Art
Type of Object Antique Basket
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Bamileke or other grassfields group
Materials Vegetal Material
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 23
Width (in) 12
Depth (in) 4
Dimensions 30 Inch height on stand
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Missing strings, Cracked backside

Additional Information: The Bamileke are part of a larger cultural area known collectively as the Cameroon Grasslands. Within the Bamileke complex there are numerous smaller peoples who are loosely affiliated and share many similarities while retaining separate identities. The Bamileke originally came from an area to the north known as Mbam, which is today occupied by the Tikar. Fulani traders moving steadily southwards into Cameroon in the 17th century forced the southern drift of most of the Bamileke, although some elected to stay behind and live under the control of the invaders. They traveled through the area now occupied by the Bamum where many Bamileke remained and intermarried. Eventually, the majority settled in scattered villages to the south of Bamum territory.