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This throne exhibits mandu-yene, the "richness of beads" emblematic of royal prestige. It is embellished with thousands of European glass beads and cowry shells stitched onto a cloth base. Stools supported by images of leopards, as this example is, symbolize a king's fearsome, political and supernatural powers. The royal ancestor figure forming the throne's back wears a prestige cap, chevron-bead necklace, loincloth and European officer's coat, adopted as a symbol of rank and status. Seated on this throne, the king was literally and spiritually embraced by the outstretched arms of his royal ancestor, signifying the continuity of dynastic authority.

Details

  • Title: Beaded Throne
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w673.1 x h1803.4 x d660.4 in
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust through the George H. and Elizabeth O. Davis Fund, Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust through the George H. and Elizabeth O. Davis Fund
  • Medium: Wood, glass beads, shells, and fiber
  • Culture: Bamileke Chiefdom, Bansoa

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Beaded Throne (Supplemental)

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