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Bamun Raffia Prestige Bag Cameroon

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Brand Unbranded
Type of Object Bag
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Tikar/Bamunka
Materials Raffia
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 13
Width (in) 17
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.
Damage/Repair One side torn halfway down, stains, holes and wear

A old raffia bag from the Tikar or Bamunka groups in Cameroon. This verision employs two carved figures for decoration. See similar examples and fascinating information on these bags in Paul Gebauer's ART OF CAMEROON. Similar examples are in the Gebauer collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Raffia bags were carried prior to 1950 by both men and women to denote a person's position as lineage head. Similar bags are carried by many other groups in Cameroon including the , Bamum and the Bamileke .