M9C9S148S.jpg (20982 bytes)m9c9s148.jpg (25561 bytes)Chamba (Camba, Tchamba, Waschamba), Nigeria & Cameroon

Ancestral couple. The Chamba, whose number today is estimated at 10,000 to 20,000 settled to the south of the Benue River, in the frontier region between Nigeria and Cameroon. They formed small, centralized states. The chief possessed divine rights and had the power of life and death over his subjects. Each clan kept the skulls of ancestors, who were responsible for the prosperity and fertility of the lineage. Very little is known about the significance and function of the sculptures of the Chamba. A female and male figure, joined together above the low-set knees, “share” a single pair of legs. According to one source these figures may have denoted ancestors or other spiritual powers and in the past may have been used to combat illness and to deter misfortunes.

Material:  wood

Size:   H. 35”, W. 10”, D. 8”

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