Chamba figure (Three quarters view)

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Item : Chamba figure, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 14 Kbytes)

The Chamba figures are rare, and generally of a very crude style without any relief. The originality of this piece lies in its movement, the face (with its characteristic crest) and the shoulders projected ahead, while preserving a pure and geometric style.

This object was dedicated to the ancestors' cult and to the « first mother » altar, and was used for divination and healing rites (therapeutic uses).
18th / 19th century or earlier.

Origin : Collection Yves Develon, Paris, 1993

Object #2126

Origin :

Nigeria (Southeastern area of the Benue River)

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Material :

Very thick wood with an old sacrificial patina

Size :

H = 19.2 inches

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