May 9, 2022
May 9, 2022

Fon Kuoutou being carried to War against the Manguot

Fon Kuoutou being carried to War against the Manguot


Ibrahim Tita M’bohou

(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


Did you know?

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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African Art
African Art
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