Portrait Figure of Metang, the Tenth King of Batufam

A work made of wood and traces of kaolin and camwood.

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  • A work made of wood and traces of kaolin and camwood.

Date:

1912/14

Artist:

Mbeudjang (active early 20th century)
Bamileke
Kingdom of Batufam, Cameroon
Coastal West Africa

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.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artists

Mbeudjang , Bamileke (Culture)

Title

Portrait Figure of Metang, the Tenth King of Batufam

Places

Cameroon (Object made in), Africa (Object made in)

Date

1912-1914

Medium

Wood and traces of kaolin and camwood

Dimensions

130.5 × 43.2 × 31 cm (51 1/3 × 17 × 12 1/5 in.)

Credit Line

Major Acquisitions Centennial Endowment

Reference Number

1997.555

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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