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Figure masculine Chamba (N° 19314)
Better known for their buffalo masks, worn horizontally, forming here the head of this sculpture, the Chambas communicated with the spirit world through statues. However, their functions remain little known.
This protective figure has arms bent forward, and fingers spread out like palms. The legs, spread out in the extension of the hands, impart a particular dynamic. Crusty brown patina with reddish reflections. Cracks of desiccation, missing on one foot.
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Settled since the seventeenth century on the southern bank of the Benue River in Nigeria, coming from the mountainous regions of the Cameroonian borders,
The Chamba resisted the attempts to conquer the Fulani, nomads who 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 protective figures ( tauwa , sing. tau ) which are kept in a box to the left of the concession entrance, and statues of ancestors, kona . The figures in couple refer to the universal theme of the primordial couple.
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|Origin||Ex-collection E. Caldwell - USA|
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