Bronze Leopard

Decorative Accessory

Bronze Leopard

Decorative Accessory

5" tall
Vintage
Cameroon
$175 $295 Sale

The art of bronze casting has a long and rich history in West Africa. Historically, bronze artists of the... READ MORE

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Provenance

Vintage
Cameroon

The art of bronze casting has a long and rich history in West Africa. Historically, bronze artists of the Bamileke, native to Cameroon's West and Northwest regions, have received immersive training, completed apprenticeships, and continued the art of the lost-wax casting method. In this tradition, a rough clay core is molded and then covered by a layer of bee's wax. The wax is carved and shaped into the desired design, then covered with more clay. Next, the mold is baked to melt and drain the wax, leaving an empty space between the inner and outer clay layers. Molten metal is carefully poured into the chamber, hardening to create the final shape. Finally, the outer layer of clay is chipped off, revealing the metal within. Often taking shape as leopards and horses, these bronze figurines have long been displayed at important cultural ceremonies, especially weddings and funerals.

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This sculpture is composed of bronze.

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Provenance

The art of bronze casting has a long and rich history in West Africa. Historically, bronze artists of the Bamileke, native to Cameroon's West and Northwest regions, have received immersive training, completed apprenticeships, and continued the art of the lost-wax casting method. In this tradition, a rough clay core is molded and then covered by a layer of bee's wax. The wax is carved and shaped into the desired design, then covered with more clay. Next, the mold is baked to melt and drain the wax, leaving an empty space between the inner and outer clay layers. Molten metal is carefully poured into the chamber, hardening to create the final shape. Finally, the outer layer of clay is chipped off, revealing the metal within. Often taking shape as leopards and horses, these bronze figurines have long been displayed at important cultural ceremonies, especially weddings and funerals.