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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.
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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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