Materials:
clay/terracotta, feathers,
cowrie shells, beads, fabric

Approximate dimensions:
14.75" H x 5.75" W x 5.5" D

Estimated age:
35+ years

Total shipping weight:
ca. 14-lbs.
This item will be double-boxed for
added safety in shipping.

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Item offered:

Tikar Clay Figure ~ House God
(Cameroon)


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Description:

On offer from our personal collection is this superb clay/terracotta figure, known as a house god, produced by the Tikar peoples of Cameroon. The people of the Cameroon region are noted for their high level of artistry, & as with their neighbors, the Bamum/Bamun & Bamileke, the Tikar excel with their imaginative & conceptual sculptures.

Representing Pygmies of the forest, the Tikar believe their house gods possess mystical spirits & powers, & use them for protection, & to benefit their harvests. With their susceptibility to breakage, the figures are becoming increasingly rare & difficult to find.

An unusually large, complex, & detailed piece, the figure here is sitting cross-legged atop a large globe, & appears to be clenching some sort of power objects in its closed fists. Classic bulbous features characterize this wild & whimsical sculpture, with bulging eyes (inset with small black discs) & protruding tongue. The face, torso, & limbs are impressed with multiple scarification patterns. Earrings with cowrie shells dangle from both ears, & the top of the head is studded with plugs of feathers.

Despite some minor imperfections, including a few missing feathers, this outstanding sculpture is in very good overall condition. Marvelous patina with some of the original mud used in the firing process still present. Captivating display!

Please note:
the piece requires support to stand. And although optional, we recommend obtaining shipping insurance.

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Materials:
clay/terracotta, feathers,
cowrie shells, beads, fabric
Approximate dimensions:
14¾" H x 5¾" W x 5½" D
Estimated age:
35+ years
Total shipping weight:
ca. 14-lbs.
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