African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Ejagham statue
This female figure is a young Ejagham or Boki woman from western Cameroon adorned in her finery and tattooed for traditional dance. Her hairstyle illustrates one of the elaborate hair constructions of young girls marking the end of their period of initiation reclusion or in honor of festive ceremonies. This rare sculpture is distinguished, however, by its magical charge on the abdomen, in an orifice sealed with glass. Talismans in the form of shells, seeds and bags complete the whole.
The surface is impregnated with a dye, the residue of which forms a granular mottled patina.
Leopard societies, such as the male Kpe, Ngbe society among the Aro, were responsible for initiation ceremonies and funerals of association members, but also for celebrations surrounding ...