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A display highlighting the interaction between the monarchy and the wider world

Cameroon [Africa]

Beadwork Stool 1982

RCIN 74689

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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The size and decoration of Cameroon's ceremonial stools symbolises the status of the individual to whom they belong. An empty stool is treated with respect even when its owner is not nearby. During the nineteenth century, expensive beads imported from Europe were introduced into the designs, making the finished pieces even more impressive.

During conservation of this stool, dark red sand was discovered in crevices around the base. This dirt is thought to be from Cameroon when the stool was first made and so has been left in place as a historical record.

The stool was presented to Queen Elizabeth II by President Ahmadou Ahidjo of the United Republic of Cameroon during a luncheon at Windsor Castle on 23 April 1982.