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unknown Cameroonian

Bamileke-Bangwa Gong

20th century
Iron, wood

16 9/16 in. x 4 5/16 in. x 3 3/4 in. (42 cm x 11 cm x 9.5 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.112
Other Number(s): 91 (191) (Neufeld Collection Number)
191 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Cameroon
Classification: Tools and Equipment; Musical Instruments & Sound-making Implements
Culture/Nationality: Bamileke-Bangwa, Cameroonian, Central African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • bells - Flared or bulbous terminals found on many open-ended aerophone tubes.
  • Cameroonian - Style and culture of the nation of Cameroon, lying at the junction of western and central Africa.
  • Central African - Styles and cultures from a wide region of Africa that straddles the Equator and is drained largely by the Congo River system.
  • ceremonial objects
  • iron - Pure metallic element having symbol Fe and atomic number 26; metallic iron is silvery in color, lustrous, soft, ductile, malleable, and slightly magnetic; it rusts when exposed to moist air. It is rarely found as a native metal (telluric iron) except in meteorites (meteoric iron). Iron is most often found throughout the world as iron oxides (hematite, magnetite, limonite, and siderite) mixed with other ores.
  • smelting - Melting or fusing ore, often with an accompanying chemical change, usually to separate the metal.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Highlights from the Mace and Helen Katz Neufeld Donation of African Art Bryn Mawr College , Sep 1, 1998 – Dec 1, 1998

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 12/20/1996

  • Owner Name: Marc Leo Felix
    Role: Previous Owner
    Place: Brussels, Belgium
    Acquisition Method: Purchased at the Philippe Guimiot Gallery in Duala, Cameroon
    Ownership Start Date: ca. 1969

  • Owner Name: Philippe Guimiot
    Role: Collector/Seller
    Place: Duala, Cameroon
    Acquisition Method: Collected in 1960
    Ownership Start Date: 1960
    Ownership End Date: ca. 1969

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 191
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0009350.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0152851.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0009354.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Paul Gebauer, Art of Cameroon (Portland, Oregon and New York, New York: Portland Art Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979), 255. Figure Number: P108
  • Jonathan Fine, "Selling Authenticity in the Bamum Kingdom in 1929–1930." African Arts 49, no. 2 (Summer 2016):

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