Lefem Figure. Bamileke People, Cameroon Grasslands. 18” tall. Carved Wood

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Standing Male Chieftain
commemorative figure
Cameroon Grasslands

carved wood
free standing
18” tall x 7” x 5”

In chiefdoms throughout the Cameroon grassfields, freestanding sculptural portraits of leaders known as lefem are carved as important documents of dynastic lines of leadership. Such royal ancestor figures are commonly made during the subject's reign or that of his successor. The dynamic stance and strong posture of the lefem shown here, in combination with its material accoutrements, emphasize his chiefly authority and identity.

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