Mambila. <em>Guardian Figure (Tadep)</em>, late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, pigment, 8 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 3 in. (21.6 x 9.5 x 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gerofsky, 73.9.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 73.9.1_SL3.jpg)

Guardian Figure (Tadep)


Medium: Wood, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th or early 20th century

Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 3 in. (21.6 x 9.5 x 7.6 cm)


Accession Number: 73.9.1

Image: 73.9.1_SL3.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Wooden ancestor figure. This figure has a heart shaped face with enlarged concave eye sockets, shelf like shoulders, a stomach and an abdomen which comes to points at their centers and enlarged feet. There are traces of white and reddish-orange coloring throughout. CONDITION: Checks throughout the genital area, stomach, left side and collar bone.

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