Rather naturalistically cast bronze scenes were often used to tell stories. The present scene is one of them.
It depicts a procession at a festival. The chief is riding in a royal litter. His four tall carriers look very determined and dignified. He must be a person of high status because he is not walking. His extremely animated face is depicted in Bamum tradition with puffy cheeks, bulging eyes and full lips. The chief is wearing an elaborate head gear and beads. He is holding a ceremonial horn. Seated next to him are two assistants, or perhaps his two sons - one holding traditional Bamum smoking pipe and another - a ceremonial pitcher for libations. The chief exudes happiness and energy.
This bronze procession weighs 21 lbs, so you should have a sturdy place to display it.
This bronze was among 30+items from our collection filmed in "Wonderstruck" - an upcoming American drama film directed by Todd Haynes. The film stars Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams and is currently competing at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival
Theater release is scheduled for Christmas 2017