Lot: 27585th Tribal Art Auction
Pair of figures
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|H: 13.4 inch/ 13.8 inch||
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wood, slightly encrusted brown patina, nearly identical in posture and coiffure, two smaller figures carved on the back of each figure, dam., missing parts through insect caused damage (lower parts of the bodies missing), cracks, base; the Mbembe people live in the Ogoja province, along the banks of the middle Cross River and Awayong creek. The men of the village belong to two important associations, one of which is secular - "okowa" - and the other ritual - "ocheika". The Mbembe believe in the Surpreme Being - "ibinokpabi" - but they also whorship their ancestors "afranong". The "afranong" can only be contacted through the intermediary of spiritual beings "oka". The wooden figures were hidden in the homesteads and worshipped privately by individual families.