MAMBILA TADEP FIGURES ARCHIVES, Cameroon

The Mambila figures below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

For UNSOLD Mambila figures GO TO MAMBILA FIGURES PAGE

 

MAMBILA
Figure 1
16.5" high
SOLD

MAMBILA
Figure 3
17" high
SOLD

 MAMBILA
Figure 12
16" high
SOLD

MAMBILA
Figure 9
14" high
SOLD


MAMBILA
Figure 13
16" high
SOLD

 

MAMBILA
Figure 6
26" high
SOLD

MAMBILA
Figure 8
19" high
SOLD

MAMBILA
Figure 5
16.5" high
SOLD



Photographs © Hamill Gallery

MAMBILA TADEP FIGURES, Cameroon

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

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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