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Fetish Mambila (N° 16869)

An ovoid head with exorbitant eyes engulfed in a stocky bust, hands gathered in front of the bust. This African sculpture featuring a small chubby figure, who does not obey the traditional canons, was however collected in Cameroon in 1984. Straw obstructs the dorsal cavity into which therapeutic or magical ingredients were probably introduced. Made of wood, a thick, crusty, cracked patina covers it completely.
Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea) (the " men" , in fulani), settled in northwestern Cameroon, on both sides of the border of Cameroon and Nigeria, have created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their heart-shaped faces. Although the Mambila believe in a creative god named Chang or Nama, they only worship their ancestors. Their leaders were buried in attics like wheat because they were supposed to symbolize prosperity. The Mambila are farmers and mainly grow coffee. Their masks and statues were not to be seen by women.  

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Originex-collection française
Material(s)wood, enduit argileux
Weight1.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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