MAMBILA ART, Cameroon

                   

MAMBILA,  TADEP FIGURES


 

MAMBILA,  CURRENCY


       

MAMBILA, Crow Masks 2-7




MAMBILA, Dog Mask 1

MAMBILA, Mask 8


MAMBILA, Masks 11-14


Photographs © Hamill Gallery

MAMBILA ART, 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.

Mambila iron currencies are among the most varied in traditional Africa.

The Mambila have several types of masks, all worn on the top of the head as headdresses.

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