African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Fetish Mambila
Statue Tadep Mambila (N° 19583)
Ex-collection of French African art.
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Made according to recurring canons, these statues supposed to embody the ancestors often have small tenons on the head as headgear, such as this figure which also has horns. The head is classically engulfed in the shoulders, an unusual posture, one hand turned towards the bust, while the second is carried to the chin. The massive crenellated legs reproduce the angular volume of the abdomen.
Crusty matte patina, polychrome highlights. Erosions.
Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea) (the " men", in Fulani), installed in the northwest of Cameroon, have created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their heart-shaped faces. Although the Mambila believe in a creator god named Chang or Nama, they only worship their ancestors. Their chiefs were buried in granaries like wheat because they were supposed to symbolize prosperity. Masks and statues were not to be seen by women.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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