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Mambila Mask (N° 24210)

Mambila animal masks are made up of variously associated zoomorphic elements. Fantastic-looking sculptures result from this, such as this mask flanked by horns, horizontal ears, protruding eyes, and a jaw shaped like a blade or a toothed beak. Height on base: 61 cm. Crusty matte patina, erosions.
Despite their small numbers, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere Nor) settled in the northwest of the Cameroon but especially on a high plateau on the Nigerian side, have created a large number of easily identifiable masks and statues such as the Tadep statues with a heart-shaped face. A large production of terracotta objects testifies to the influence of the ancient Sao civilization further north, towards Chad. The masks intervene during the dances linked to the two rites of the suaga. The women's suaga takes place after the plantations, the men's suaga a few days later.  


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OriginEx-collection belge
Height cm71
Depth21 cm
Width20 cm
Weight3.12 Kg
Socle includedYes

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