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Item : Bamileke table

Size : varies diam. from 16” to 36” and hight 12” to 24”

Code : 860 bamileke table natural

            861 bamileke table antique brown.


The Bamileke king of Cameroon sits on this stool during public ceremonies only and the king is the only one to ever use it. The design that adorns the stool is a visual compliment to the ‘earth spider’. This spider plays a crucial role in solving problems that a Bamileke village might face. Because it lives underground, the earth spider is viewed as a link between this world and that of the ancestors. During this ritual a bottomless and topless container is placed to surround an earth spiders hole. Palm leaf chips, marked with special symbols are then positioned to cover the opening . When the spider exits, the chips are moved and examined by the spider. After this is done the village diviner interprets the symbols by their position. In Bamileke art, the spiders' shape is represented by a cross, "X"  : a symbol of divine knowledge. Like the spider, the king is though to be at the center of sacred knowledge. Our handcrafted stools/tables are carved from one piece of wood respecting the traditions and workmanship of the Bamileke people.

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