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    Chamba (Nigeria or Cameroon, Western Africa)
    Figure
    Wood
    Height: 21-1/4 inches

    The Chamba people of northern Nigeria and neighboring Cameroon have a distinctive sculptural style. Figures are often depicted with elongated bodies and overall abstracted forms, bent knees, and a unified hip and leg yolk. Like other examples of Chamba sculpture, this piece has a high crest above the head. Little is known about these sculptures, but it is likely that they embodied spiritual power.

    The face has suffered some damage, but shows signs of scarification of the cheeks, nose, and under the eyes. The square mouth is incised deeply to suggest teeth.

    Overall, the piece is in good condition with minor damage to the right proper foot. There is handling wear on the body and the face.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    16th Friday
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