Figures like this are know to the Mambila as tadep. They are believed to be connected with a healing association called Suaga. This figure is 18 inches tall and weighs 3 pounds.
Small Mambila Tadep Figure 18″ with base – Cameroon – African Art
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Figure with base.
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16” figure, 18" w/ base
Possible minor imperfections and wear & tear, including but not limited to scuffing, cracking and minimal chipping. Possible previous repairs. See photos or inquire for more details.
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.