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Product Code: PA_AFR01

£19.98 inc. tax

£16.65 ex. tax
? Tax based on United Kingdom.


The Bangwa is a small tribe, which belongs to the large group of the Bamileke people. They live in the grass savannah of northwest Cameroon. For a long time they havw won a reputation of skilful woodcarver.
Yhey are probably best known for their frightening masks for the "Brotherhood of the Night". Our mother and child statue reveals another characteristic of the Bangwa tribe, their high appreciation for female powers. Her special hairstyle and the chain with Panther teeth (she has turned backwards) make her stand out. The sitting position and the decorated stool indicate that she belongs to an important family. In her honour many special wooden figures were carved. Females are also shown dancing at parties and funerals and the figurine may have been used in rituals. When she is swinging a branch of the peace tree militant individuals or armies reconciled.


Height 17cm

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