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Mambila Tadep Figure 25″ – 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 25 inches tall and weighs 6 pounds. There is cracking and wear and tear throughout and some of the “spikes” around the face and head are missing. Please inspect photos carefully.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

Cameroon

Ethnicity

Mambila

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

25"

Width (Inches)

8"

Depth (Inches)

7.5"

Weight (Pounds)

6 lbs

Overall Condition

Missing some spikes around face and head. Cracking, scuffing and wear and tear.

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.”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

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