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Despite their small numbers, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea), settled in the north-west of Cameroon, created a large number of masks and statues that are easily identifiable by their heart-shaped faces and red and white polychromy.


Tadep Mambila statue
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As if mastering a powerful internal energy, the shoulders and arms of this statue are concentrated around a small bust widening towards the abdomen. The legs end in thick feet, digitized towards the center. Huge oncave orbits underlined by tenons occupy most of the face. At the top, a crusty prominence, an aggregate of ritual elements. Thick matte patina cracked, highlights of kaolin and red ochre. Despite their small numbers, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea)(the "men", in Fulani), settled 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 worship only their ...


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Mambila Tadep Statue
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Made according to recurring canons, these statues supposedly embodying the ancestors often have small studs on their heads as a headdress, like this slightly off-center sculpture. It depicts a corpulent figure, whose head is encased in broad rounded shoulders.
The hands meet under the face which seems to be extended by a beard, while the hallucinated look could suggest trance. The massive crenellated legs reproduce the angular volume of the abdomen.
Crusty ochre matte patina, locally scaled. Cracks.


Despite their small numbers, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea)(the "men," in Fulani), settled in northwestern Cameroon, created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by ...


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Mambila bronze bust
African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Mambila bronze

This bronze sculpture, placed here on a metal ring, evokes the monoliths, architectural stone constructions, of the Cameroonian Grasslands region. These commemorative stelae were made primarily for religious and funerary purposes. It is also reminiscent, in its design and decorative motifs related to tribal ritual markings, of the funerary stones atals of the Bakor, and Ekoi, of the neighboring Grasslands regions around the Cross River in Nigeria. The bronze depicts a figure, ancestor or mythical hero, wearing a notable headdress. The representation of the protruding umbilicus insists on the filiation. Despite their small numbers, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea)(the "men", in Fulani), settled in the northwest ...


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Mambila Tadep statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Mambila statue

Despite their small numbers, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea)(the "men", in Fulani), settled in northwestern 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 worship only their ancestors. Their chiefs were buried in granaries like wheat because they were thought to symbolize prosperity. Masks and statues were not to be seen by women.
Surmounted by an animal head, this figure with a face studded with perforations, very expressionist, with exorbitant pupils, adopts the classic attitude of Mambila statuary: the hand resting on the chin. The massive crenellated legs take up the ...


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Mambila Tadep statue
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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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Bronze bust Mambila
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bronze Mambila

This bronze sculpture evokes the monoliths, architectural stone constructions, of the Cameroonian Grasslands region. These commemorative stelae were made primarily for religious and funerary purposes. It is also reminiscent, in its form and decorative motifs related to tribal ritual markings, of the atals of the Bakor, and Ekoi, from the neighboring Grasslands regions around the Cross River in Nigeria. The bronze depicts a figure, ancestor or mythical hero, wearing a notable headdress. The representation of the protruding umbilicus insists on the filiation. Despite their small numbers, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea)(the "men", in Fulani), settled in the northwest of Cameroon, have produced a large number of ...


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Statue Tadep Mambila
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Ex-collection of French African art.

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. ...


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Bronze bust Mambila
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African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Bronze Mambila

This bronze sculpture evokes the monoliths, architectural stone constructions, of the Cameroonian Grasslands region. These commemorative steles were made for religious and funerary purposes. It is also reminiscent, in form and decorative motifs related to tribal ritual markings, of the atals of the Bakor, and Ekoi, of the neighboring Grasslands regions around the Cross River in Nigeria. The bronze depicts a figure, ancestor or mythical hero, carrying his hands under his mouth, similar to carved tadep figures of the Mambila.
Despite their small numbers, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea)(the "men", in Fulani), settled in northwestern Cameroon, have produced a large number of masks and statues easily ...


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Suaga Mambila Funeral Jar
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African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Jarre Mambila

Equipped with an anthropo-zoomorphic spout, the spherical container is studded with peg patterns, which echo those of the hairstyle of the male figure forming the collar. The patina is divided between yellow ochre and red ochre in a lower proportion. A second circular orifice appears on the back under the back of the creature whose head is in the image of the mask suaga representing an animal difficult to identify, although the dog has a role in the holiday rituals suaga .
Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea) (U.S. men" , in fulani), located in northwestern Cameroon, on both sides of the border of Cameroon and Nigeria, have created a large number of masks and statues easily ...


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Statuette Mambila Tadep
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Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea) (the men, fulani), installed in the north-west of Cameroon, have created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their heart-shaped faces. Although the Mambila believe in a creative god named Chang or Nama, they only worship their ancestors. Their leaders were buried in attics like wheat because they were supposed to symbolize prosperity. Masks and statues were not to be seen by women.
Realized according to the same cannons, these statues supposed to embody ancestors frequently have small studs on their heads as a hairstyle, such as this two-colored anthropomorphic figure. A cavity pierced on the abdomen probably contained ...


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Fetish Mambila
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Fetish Mambila

An ovoid head with exorbitant eyes engulfed in a stocky bust, hands gathered in front of the bust. This African sculpture featuring a small chubby figure, who does not obey the traditional canons, was however collected in Cameroon in 1984. Straw obstructs the dorsal cavity into which therapeutic or magical ingredients were probably introduced. Made of wood, a thick, crusty, cracked patina covers it completely.
Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea) (the " men" , in fulani), settled in northwestern Cameroon, on both sides of the border of Cameroon and Nigeria, have created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their heart-shaped faces. Although the Mambila believe in ...


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Two-headed figure Mambila
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Mambila

The Mambila statues, always very expressive, supposed to embody the ancestors, are represented with a hand placed on the chin. The head, on which an animal head forms, is classically encased in the shoulders, the bust forming a protrude highlighted by colorful linear patterns. Massive legs resting on the foot blocks are bent. These types of figures, named Tadep, were part of a therapeutic society, Suaga. Ritual objects were kept in grain attics decorated with polychrome panels (baltu). The wooden statues tadep were placed outside, the largest of them placed inside. Grainy matte patina. Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea) (the " men" , fulani), installed in northwestern Cameroon, on the ...


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Statuette mambila
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Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea) (the U.S.0022 men" , fulani), settled in northwestern Cameroon, have created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their faces in the heart. Although the Mambila believe in a creative god named Chang or Nama, they worship only their ancestors. Like wheat, their leaders were buried in attics because they were supposed to symbolize prosperity. Masks and statues were not to be seen by women. This zoomorphic sculpture embodies a genius in the guise of a hybrid being, stylized, perchedDespite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea) (the " men" , in ...


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Statuette Mambila Tadep
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Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea) (the " men" , fulani), installed in the north west of Cameroon, created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their heart-shaped faces. Although the Mambila believe in a creative god named Chang or Nama, they worship only their ancestors. Their leaders were buried in attics like wheat because they were supposed to symbolize prosperity. Masks and statues were not to be seen by women.

Made according to the same cannons, these statues supposed to embody the ancestors often have small studs on their heads as hairstyles. This is a crenellated ridge. Two samples were probably taken from the statuette, which was destined for ...


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Statue Mambila Tadep
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Ex-English African art collection.
Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea), installed in northwestern Cameroon, have created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their faces in heart shape and red and white polychromy.
Made according to the same cannons, these statues supposed to represent the ancestors have a crusty patina and small studs on the head as a hairstyle. Stylized but expressive in appearance, this piece features a face tucked into the shoulders, large bleached eye sockets, a triangular nose and an open mouth from which the tongue points. The chin, on the other hand, ends classically in tip. The body's volumes are massive and stocky, consisting of ...


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Mambila Mask
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Mambila sculpture in African art

Population of Bantu origin established in south-eastern Nigeria, but also in the north-west of border Cameroon, near the Mfunte (or Wuli) of the Grasslands, the Mambila (" men" in fulani), who shoot their subsistence from agriculture and livestock, have produced statues embodying ancestors, associated with fertility and prosperity, and masks-heaume for ceremonies closing the planting season. The village chiefs, surrounded by the association mimin, were responsible for ensuring social peace. The cult objects of the Mambila, used by the many powerful initiation associations, also participated in therapeutic rituals and contributed to the protection against witchcraft supposed to be transmitted by women. With an encrusted crusty patina, this ...


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