Private Shamaye collection.
The Mambila (or Mambilla) are an African people of Bantu origin, who live in Nigeria and Cameroon. The largest group lives on the Mambilla Plateau in the state of Taraba in southeastern Nigeria. A smaller group lives on the other side of the border in northwest Cameroon.
The Mambilia use masks at two annual festivals, Suaga, at the beginning and end of the agricultural season. Women are generally not allowed to be there. The masks with human facial features are rare and are in the same style as the Mambilia sculptures. These masks are kept by old men. During these festivals, animal masks are used more frequently, but it is difficult to determine the animal species.
You will also find this type of mask in the book ‘Die Kunst des schwarzen Afrika’, see photos.
- maschera animale molto rara e importante
- Regione / Paese
- Camerun, Nigeria
- Legno, resti di pittura policroma in nero, rosso siena, bianco caolino e piume
- Eccellenti condizioni
- Con supporto incluso
- 63×26×0 cm