A Tikar Terracotta Figure – House God – Cameroon


Terracotta. Cm. 19,7 (7.79″); grams 879,3 (31.02 oz.).

A male figure, known as a house god, from the Tikar peoples of Cameroon. An nice complex and detailed piece, the figure in good condition.

Classic features characterize this wild & whimsical sculpture, with bulging eyes. The face, torso, & limbs are impressed with multiple scarification patterns,the opening in the back is for ceremonial use.

This figure represent pygmie of the forest. The Tikar believe their house gods possess mystical spirits & powers, & use them for protection, & to benefit their harvests.

The people of the Cameroon region are noted for their high level of artistry, & as with their neighbors, the Bamum and Bamileke, the Tikar excel with their imaginative and conceptual sculptures.

With their susceptibility to breakage, the figures are becoming increasingly rare & difficult to find.


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Weight2020 g