About this artwork
This commanding figure, a highly stylized representation of Metang, was commissioned around 1912, when the ruler became fon of Batufam. The sculpture, along with one depicting Metang’s senior wife (now in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario), stood in front of the royal residence, beside sculptures of previous rulers and their wives, as a symbol of continuous leadership. Metang is shown holding a ceremonial buffalo-horn cup and calabash container, traditional marks of kingship in the Grassfields region of Cameroon. Traces of kaolin and camwood pigments are visible on the figure, painted on it at the time of Metang’s death in 1924.
- Mbeudjang , Bamileke (Culture)
- Portrait Figure of Metang, the Tenth King of Batufam
- Cameroon (Object made in), Africa (Object made in)
- Wood and traces of kaolin and camwood
- 130.5 × 43.2 × 31 cm (51 1/3 × 17 × 12 1/5 in.)
- Major Acquisitions Centennial Endowment