"Africa is a sphinx once she"s taken hold of you, she won"t let go so easily." The officer and collector Hans Glauning
Tribus 55.2006:155-200
Keywords: Glauning, H. museology, colonial collectors, collectors of ethnographica

##... not only did Glauning play a considerable role in building the outstanding collections of African Art from the Cameroon Grassfields, which are located primarily at the Ethnologisches Museum in Berlin and at the Linden-Museum Stuttgart today, but also in museums in Dresden, Frankfurt am Main, Geneva and Washington, D.C. Additionally, Glauning is thought to have had what, for a German colonial officer at that time, is considered to be an unusual relationship to an African ruler - King Njoya from Bamum -- apparently marked by respect, sympathy and admiration. He was repeatedly characterized as Njoya"s friend, and in one case even as his good friend. Stimulated by Geary"s remarks and continuing to build upon them, I would therefore like to place Hans Glauning anew before the background of his collecting activities in Cameroon and Nigeria for the ethnological museums in Berlin and Stuttgart. The object and the primary collector are forever connected to one another from the moment of the object"s appropriation and by the acknowledgement of its receipt as part of the museum collection. Among other things, the art historical importance of Glauning"s collection - to which belong such well-known objects as King Njoya"s throne, mandu yenu, from Bamum (Berlin, fig. 2), the male figure with cola nut bowl from Bamum (Frankfurt am Main, rig. 3), the caryatid figure from Bangulap (Stuttgart, rig. 4), and a male sculpture from Bamum (Washington, D.C., rig. 17) - seem to suggest this.##