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ID number:  BIRRC-D0435
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Artist / Maker:  Unknown
Title / Object name:  Kneeling figure
Object type:  Metalwork
Place made:  Bamenda, Cameroons
Culture:  Bamileke
Materials:  Brass on a wooden base
Measurements:  10 cm

Supporting 'trees', intended as a holder for carving knives and forks.

This brass figure depicts a woman kneeling between two trees. As well as being visually striking it has another purpose; the trees can act as a stand for a carving knife or fork. A beautifully decorative piece on its own, this also shows the link between women and food, an important one across Africa.

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