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