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Tikar bronze fetish (N° 21080)
French African art collection.
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Small, almost supernatural figure offering a spherical head, globular abdomen and graceful limbs.
It probably illustrates the Fon , chief of the clan . The figure is topped with a bird. Misses and cracks under the buttocks.
The Tikar inhabit the western part of central Cameroon, which is located within the dense secondary forest of medium altitude, bordering the Mbam. Within this ecotone, the "Tikar plain" (which takes its name from its occupants) constitutes a depression that backs onto the west and north respectively of the Mbam massif (and its Mapé and Kim tributaries) and the first foothills of the Adamaoua plateau. The structure of the kingdom consists of a large chiefdom subdivided into quarters: the residences of the queens, the children and the notables. The notables constitute the hierarchy of the chiefdom.
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|Origin||Coll. française Haquet|
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