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Portrait of Metang, the 10th King of Batufam

A carved wooden figure wearing a conical hat, with an elongated neck, torso, and arms, sitting on a stool and holding a drinking vessel and a horn.
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  • A carved wooden figure wearing a conical hat, with an elongated neck, torso, and arms, sitting on a stool and holding a drinking vessel and a horn.

Date:

1912-1914

Artist:

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

About this artwork

This stylized portrait of Metang was commissioned around 1912, when he was initiated into kingship. The ruler holds a buffalo drinking horn and a gourd container, two of the most important regalia throughout the Bamileke kingdoms in the Cameroon Grassfields. This figure was photographed several times, always next to the entrance of the Batufam palace, arranged with a portrait of his senior wife and several other sculptures of kings and queens.

Status

On View, Gallery 137

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Bamileke

Artist

Mbeudjang

Title

Portrait of Metang, the 10th King of Batufam

Places

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

Date

1912-1914

Medium

Wood with 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

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