Medium: One of a Kind Hand Carved Wood and Brass, Made out of one piece of wood Dimensions: Length: 7.2 feet/86 inches, 218 centimeters Length: 2.5 feet/30.5 inches, 77 centimeters Region: Cameroon, West Africa Tribe: Bamileke Tribe Approximate Age: 62 years (1960) Availability: In Stock, Available to Ship Immediately Item Number: D004 Collection: Decor Tear Sheet: Available Upon Request Provenance Report: "Royal Door" Condition: Excellent; Not previously owned; Undamaged Sourcing: Fair Trade Certificate of Authenticity Provided
“Royal Door” is a one of a kind masterpiece meticulously crafted out of one piece of wood. It is a living testament to the carving skills found among the Bamileke peoples of Cameroon. Among the Bamileke, woodcarving large objects such as “Royal Door” requires a flawlessly executed process: one person harvests the wood, another roughs out the form, a carver refines the details, a sander smooths the surface, and a painter decorates it. Occasionally, one person may complete more than one of the steps, but this division of labor is part of the Bamileke tradition, as working together as a community is highly valued.
In Cameroon, traditional carvings are often covered with symbolic motifs that represent the strength, power, authority, wisdom, and leadership of the fon (Royal leader or king). Royal animals and insects include the powerful elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion (center of door), python, scorpion, and crocodile.
“Royal Door” is about 7 feet tall, instantly grabbing attention with its size impression. It comes complete with a custom metal stand to hold it upright, or it can be leaned against a wall without the custom stand. Only one piece is available.
This unique piece was hand made by the Bamileke peoples in Cameroon. No factories or machinery was involved in the production process, only artisans and hand tools with painstaking detail and precision. This piece is made out of natural materials and is free from any fillers, dyes, stains, or varnishes. There is ONLY ONE piece in existence--truly one of a kind.
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