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Mambila Tadep statue (N° 20005)

Used for therapeutic purposes, Tadep Mambila carved figures are often represented with arms bent and a triangular face carried forward. The large face is very expressive here, the pupils seem to be exorbitant and the figure sticks out its tongue. The bust sinks into a thick mass of cords and fibers. Resinous coulures, matt patina.



Despite their small numbers, the 30,000 Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea), settled in the northwest of Cameroon, created a large number of masks and statues. There is still a large production of terracotta objects, a sign of the influence of the ancient Sao civilization further north, towards Chad.  

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OriginRécoltée in-situ
EthnyMambila
Countrycameroun
Material(s)wood, raphia
Height80
Width42
Weight8.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xxe

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