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Small Shrine figure - Wood - Provenance Donald Taitt - Mambila - Nigeria

Small Shrine figure - Wood - Provenance Donald Taitt - Mambila - Nigeria

Provenance: Donald Taitt, an abstract painter from Paris born in 1930 who collected African Art.

A Small Shrine figure from the Mambila people of Nigeria who live on the Mambilla plateau.

The Bamilike are matrilineal to a higher degree than most of their neighbours. Children become the property of the woman's family and are often cared for and adopted by the mother's brother. There are also secret masking societies, which contribute to community social order through initiation and public education.

Wooden statues are carved to represent the ancestors, Those are called tadep in nets strung on the front walls of small storage huts for ritual objects. The tadep are carved from a single piece of soft, easily-worked wood.

Some insect damages and parts missing due to heavy use and weather conditions.

Object Small Shrine figure
Indigenous object name Provenance Donald Taitt
Ethnic group/ culture Mambila
Region/ country Nigeria
Material Wood
Period 1st half 20th century
Condition Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand Yes
Dimensions 17×5×6 cm
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