African Wooden Ceremonial Bell / Gong - Bamileke People
African Wooden Ceremonial Bell / Gong - Bamileke People
African Wooden Ceremonial Bell / Gong - Bamileke People
African Wooden Ceremonial Bell / Gong - Bamileke People
African Wooden Ceremonial Bell / Gong - Bamileke People
African Wooden Ceremonial Bell / Gong - Bamileke People
African Wooden Ceremonial Bell / Gong - Bamileke People
African Wooden Ceremonial Bell / Gong - Bamileke People
African Wooden Ceremonial Bell / Gong - Bamileke People
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African Wooden Ceremonial Bell / Gong - Bamileke People

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A rare figural wooden bell made by the Bamileke or Tsogo peoples, ca. late 19th to early 20th century.

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Bamileke, any of about 90 West African peoples in the Bamileke region of Cameroon. They speak a language of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo family. They do not refer to themselves as Bamileke but instead use the names of the individual kingdoms to which they belong or else refer to themselves as grasslanders. Their origin is uncertain, but it appears that under pressure from Fulani invasions in the 17th century they moved southward in a series of migrations from the region that is now occupied by the Tikar people.