Equatorial Africa, Cameroon, Bandjoun kingdom, Bamileke , possibly 19th century
wood, cotton, fabric and glass beads
African Art 
Overall - h:51.00 w:38.00 d:43.00 cm (h:20 1/16 w:14 15/16 d:16 7/8 inches)
Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund
Bead-covered wooden stools and thrones are one of the most prevalent art forms among the various kingdoms and chiefdoms in the Cameroon grasslands. This example, once part of the royal treasury, belongs in the category of "travel stools," usually used in conjunction with more private, minor ceremonies and rituals at the palace. The leopard imagery confirms the object’s royal status. It alludes to the belief that the king was able to temporarily transform himself into this feared predator.