Mambila Tadep Figure 24″ – Cameroon – African Art


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This Mambila statue was carved in the style of a tadep. Tadep figures are believed to be connected with a healing association called Suaga. This statue is 24 inches tall and weighs 6 pounds. There is some cracking, chipping and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos carefully.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin





Wood, pigment and metal

Approximate Age


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Weight (Pounds)

6 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.


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Tribe Information

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.