c. 1950s or earlier - good condition
Mambila male figure. Mounted to a wooden base.
Standing, male figure with angled arms. Dark brown shiny patina.
Origin: Eastern Nigeria, border area with Cameroon, West Africa. Acquired in 1998 as an antique item
Provenance: ex Austrian gallery collection
Height: 32.5 cm
These figures are used as ancestor and guardian figures. The ancestor figures serve as a residence for ancestral spirits. Sacrifices are made to the figures to appease the ancestral spirits and to favor them
Afrikanskt, catalog d. Malmö Konsthall, p.112
W. Schmalbach, African Art p.186
K.F.Sädler, African Art, (Heyne TB) p.195, Fig.282,
Karl Ferdinand Schädler, AFRICANA (Battenberg, Munich, 1988, p.154 f
Marcelene K. Wittmer & William Arnett, Three Rivers of Nigeria, p.85
Paul Gebauer, Art of Cameroon, New York 1979, p.189, p.316 / M26 ff
Hrsg. Museum Ludwig, AFRICAN SCULPTURE. The invention of the figure. Cologne 1990, p.145 ff
This is an authentic, tribally used artifact with life-long guarantee on age and authenticity.
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