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Mambila anthropomorphic jar (N° 20659)
Equipped with a figurative spout, the container, which represents a human bust, is embellished with decorative motifs in relief. Ochre slip, kaolin and blue pigments. Slight shine.
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Despite their small numbers, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea)(the "men", in Fulani), settled in northwestern Cameroon, on either side of the Cameroon-Nigeria border, created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their heart-shaped faces. Although the Mambila believe in a creator god named Chang or Nama, they worship only their ancestors. Their chiefs were buried in granaries like wheat because they were thought to symbolize prosperity. The Mambila are farmers and mainly cultivate coffee. Their masks and statues were not to be seen by women. It was the women who usually made the ceramic vessels.
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