Tribal art > African Statues > Mambila statue
Executed according to traditional criteria, these statues supposed to embody the ancestors frequently wear small wooden tenons as a bristling hairstyle, such as this massive figure established in a kneeling posture, projecting its bust forward. The flat face bears expressive features, including a hallucinated gaze evoking trance.
Erosions and abrasions, velvety matte patina.
Crusty ocher matte patina, locally chipped. Cracks.
Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila(or Mambilla, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea)(the "< i>men" , in Fulani), settled in the northwest of Cameroon, created a large number of masks and statues easily identifiable by their heart-shaped faces. Although the Mambila believe in a creator god named ...