Ancestor figure (1) - Terracotta - Tikar - Cameroon

Ancestor figure (1) - Terracotta - Tikar - Cameroon
2nd half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Tikar terracotta male figure from the 2nd half of the 20th cent. The figure has circular opening in the back allows the hollow oy of the figure to be filled during local ceremonies.

The figure's head is slightly tilted upwards and the neck is surrounded by a large ring. The same ring can be found around both his ankles.
reinforcing his serious expression, the figure's hands rest on his hips.
The protruding stomach is covered with carved scarification. These scarification are found on various parts of his body as well.

Interestingly, the traditional red cinnabar powder applied on people during ceremonies has been applied on the Tikar in the same way. This combined to the scarification detail of the figure suggests it has had more use in ceremonies then comparable figures on the market.

Lot details
Total nr of items
Ancestor figure
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
2nd half 20th century
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
17×12.5×7.5 cm
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