MAMBILA TADEP FIGURES, Cameroon

Despite their appearance, these Mambila figures exhibit neither age nor use and were probably made to be sold.

 MAMBILA
Figure 2
25" high
$300

MAMBILA
Figure 4
19.5" high
$400

MAMBILA
Figure 14
23" high
$300


 

MAMBILA
Figure 11
13.5" high
$150

 MAMBILA
Figure 7
24" high
$200

MAMBILA
Figure 10
14" high
$150


Photographs © Hamill Gallery

MAMBILA TADEP FIGURES, Cameroon

Figures like these were known as tadep and were used by the Suaga association, which was concerned with justice and protection from supernatural forces. Mambila masks, vabo, and figures share exaggerated features and curving planes. The sculpted figures are usually squat and disproportional. The heads often have heart-shaped faces and are decorated with small wooden pegs. The legs are slightly bent and the arms are brought forward and upward.

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