Chamba Figure

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PRK 0911-1

Chamba Ancestral Figure, Cameroon, Nigeria

H: 21 cm (8,3″), W: 7 cm (2,8″)

Provenance: Private Danish collection – est. before mid-late 19th Century. First seen on auction in 1940s.

The Chamba people live south of the Benue River, near the Jukun people. They are socially divided into small kingdoms, each headed by a king assisted by a council of elders whose powers are regulated by male and female secret societies.
Chamba figures like this are believed to be a medium for communication with the spirit world.

This Chamba figure from Nigeria is a remarkable sculptural composition in which the figure expresses lots of power. The wood object has traces of pigment.

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