Mambila Tadep Figure, Mambila Tribe, Cameroon
Mambila male ancestor figure standing and set to move with arms and legs ready to spring. Heart-shaped face with round eyes, bordered with inset wooden pegs. Enlarged head, carved open mouth and short angular legs. Dark encrusted patina with remnants of blue paint.
Tadep figures embodied ancestors who according to the Mambila's beliefs are responsible for the clan's wealth. The figures were used in healing rituals and to deter thieves but the uses varied widely according to the medicines possessed by the owner.
Acquired from the estate of Jacques Gansler
Dimensions: Height 16.6 inches, Depth 6 inches (approx)