Tribal art > African Statues > Mambila Statuette
The body of this rare statuette is made up of three vertical elements to which are added small arms, the projection of the forehead as a visor, and the phallus. Feathers are clustered on the matte surface enhanced with polychrome pigments.
Despite their small number, the thirty thousand Mambila (or Mambila, Mambere, Nor, Torbi, Lagubi, Tagbo, Tongbo, Bang, Ble, Juli, Bea)(the "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 Chang or Nama, they only worship their ancestors. Their leaders were buried in granaries like wheat as they were believed to symbolize prosperity. Masks and statues were not to be seen by women.