The Face of Dynasty: Royal Crests from Western Cameroon

SL.35.2017.1.1

Date(s): Dec 4, 2017 – Sep 3, 2018
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, NY, New York 10028, USA

As avatars of royal power and authority in Western Cameroon, tsesah crests by Bamileke artists stand out for their monumental scale and bold interpretations of the head. In celebration of The Met’s recent acquisition of a rare 18th-century masterpiece, the exhibition presents this tsesah crest along with three examples drawn from other collections. Only 15 works from this genre survive, and this presentation is the first opportunity in the United States to view a group of these epic creations together.

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