Beaded Palm Wine Vessel topped with Animal Figure


  • £2,164
  • €2,400 Euro
  • $2,908 US Dollar


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Beaded Palm Wine Vessel topped with Animal Figure

This example features a long-necked calabash topped with a carved animal wood stopper. The entire assemblage is covered with cloth embroidered with strands of translucent and opaque red and blue glass beads that form intricate patterns.Of the many ritual items in a Grassfields kingdom’s royal treasury, bead-embroidered calabashes are among the most important. These containers were used exclusively by the Fon (chief) to store palm wine served on ceremonial occasions. The ritual consumption of palm wine was considered a sacred activity and reinforced the Fon’s spiritual and political power. Palm wine was also an essential component of sacrificial libations to the ancestors.


  • H: 83cm (32.68in)
  • W: 27cm (10.63in)
  • D: 27cm (10.63in)


Second quarter 20th Century

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For COLLECTIT! by SPECTANDUM owner Guy Kuypers, the history of his collecting began at the Porte de Clignancourt in Paris with a Napoleon III case filled with Exotic Birds. The colorful birds piqued my imagination and became the beginning of a passion for Natural History, Ethnography, European Works of Art, Antiquities and Curiosities that drive me on all continents, looking for fascinating and rare objects. Whether they are natural or man-made, all have an interesting story to tell.

So, it is finally in this spirit that the collection, which encompasses Natural History, Tribal Art, Paintings, Sculptures and Curiosities from many cultures and periods in history finds its rationale and its roots.

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