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Ceremony And Hospitality In The Cameroon Grassfields

Dining With Kings: Ceremony And Hospitality In The Cameroon Grassfields

Ceremony And Hospitality In The Cameroon Grassfields

Dining with Kings: Ceremony and Hospitality in the Cameroon Grassfields

December 17, 2017 – April 8, 2018

Featuring works from the Fowler Museum’s collection, this exhibition will explore the connections between food, culture and royal power in the palaces of the Cameroon Grassfields. Ceramics, beadwork, weaving, embroidery, and carving will serve to highlight the many ways that dining in the palace is replete with expressions of power. Iconography, the use of restricted or prestige materials, and the integration of foreign styles underscore the ways in which food culture is about much more than sustenance: it is about ritual, diplomacy, status, and hospitality. Curated by Erica Jones, Associate Curator of African Arts, Fowler Museum at UCLA.

Missionaries visiting the Chief in Foumban. Photograph by Mr. Martin Göhring, 1907–1912 Basel Mission Archives/Basel Mission Holdings, ref. no. E-30.29.33
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