This is a Mambila statue from Cameroon. It features a standing figure with an open mouth expression who is holding its chin with its left hand. The figure stands 23 inches tall and weighs 4.5 pounds. The piece is in good condition with minor imperfections such as previous arrested bug damage, scrapes and scuffs.
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Good with minor imperfections.
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.