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Chamba statue (N° 23240)
The chamba statuary presents a certain geometry reminiscent of the design of the works of the Mumuye, including a very particular morphology. Here, a columnar bust around which the relief of disproportionate arms is cut out in a diamond shape towards stocky, crenellated limbs. The head marked with parallel scarifications, on which a hat seems to rest in balance, sinks into the shoulders. The abdominal niche conceals imprints of seeds of abrus and remains of feathers.
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Velvet red ocher patina. Desication crack, losses.
Installed since the 17th century on the south bank of the Benue in Nigeria, the Chamba have resisted the attempts of conquest by the Fulani, nomads who have settled in large numbers in northern Nigeria. They are known for their famous buffalo mask with its two flat jaws extending the head. The statuary, less frequent, is divided into figures of protection (tauwa, sing. tau) which are kept in a box located to the left of the entrance to the concession, and into statues of ancestors, kona.
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|Origin||Collection P. Malisse|
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