This is a Mambila statue from Cameroon. It features a standing figure with an open mouth expression. The figure stands 17.5 inches tall and weighs 3 pounds. The piece is missing the top of the left foot and a piece out of the right forearm – please inspect photos.
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Missing tip of the left foot and missing a piece out of the right forearm – see photos
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.