This is a Mambila statue from Cameroon. It has two back to back faces with each side of the figure holding its chin. The statue stands 26 inches tall on its custom base and weighs 13.5 pounds. It has a repair to the top of its hair and cracks throughout the piece – please inspect photos.
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6.25" figure | 8 w/ base
6" figure | 8" w/ base
Repair on top and cracks throughout
About the Mambila People
“The 25,000 Mambila people produced a considerable number of masks and figures that are characterized by a heart-shaped face; red and white pigments were often applied later.”
“Dances celebrating the end of the planting seasons are led by a tribesman wearing a cephalomorphic helmet mask. In turn, he is followed by the retinue of assistants wearing secondary masks in the shape of a dog’s head and a crow’s head.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.