From our personal collection, on offer is this classic ancestor figure from the Mambila peoples of Cameroon. With its distinctive, eye-catching form, this style of sculpture is known as a tadep figure, used by the Suaga association for protection as well as judiciary purposes.
Characterized by exaggerated features, including an elongated, somewhat heart-shaped face, protruding belly, & bent-knee stance, the figure is adorned with wooden pegs across the head & brow, outlining the face & chin, & on the torso. The face & eyes are accentuated by an application of white pigment.
Overall condition: good. There are some imperfections in the wood, including basic wear & tear, scrapes & abrasions, dry age-cracks, chips to the feet (including one large chip to the back & a smaller one to the front of the figure's right foot), some pigment loss, evidence of old insect damage (arrested), & some missing pegs. Encrusted patina (there are areas of flaking pigment & patina). Superb display.