(Bamum Kingdom (Cameroonian), 1914–1977)
Paper, ink, watercolor
Paper: 49.5 x 63.5 cm (19 1/2 x 25 in.)
Severance and Greta Millikin Trust 2022.48
Two objects depicted in this drawing—a processional statue and a pipe bowl—have real-life parallels in the CMA collection (1972.328, 1975.163).
This drawing depicts a procession of men and women carrying the ruler Koutou (reigned late 17th–early 18th centuries) in a palanquin. Distinctive headgear and garments identify the courtiers and warriors, as does the hierarchical scale of figures. Drawn by M'bohou in the 1930s, it depicts the lead-up to the Bamum Kingdom’s war against the Manguot.
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