BEADED HEAD – CLT037
Materials: clay and beads
Dimensions: 12 cm x 21 cm x 12 cm (approximately 5″ x 8″ x 5″)
Country of origin: Cameroon
Gorgeous head in terracotta coated with beads, handmade in Cameroon.
In the past, the art of dressing with glass or ceramic beads masks, statues or other objects was intended only for the king, his family or the notables of his court. The beads could be imported from Venice or local production, with glass of recovery, but their symbolism was always the same, showing the prosperity of the sovereign.
The technique of covering prestigious objects with a layer of sparkling beads gave rise to an art of great expressiveness and symbolism.