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Tikar Clay House God Well Endowed Cameroon African Art

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Title Tikar Clay House God Well Endowed Cameroon African Art
Type of Object Clay Figure
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Tikar
Materials Clay, paint
Approximate Age Unknown
Dimensions Height: 8.25 Inches
Width: 4 Inches
Overall Condition poor
Damage/Repair broken arm, tongue and leg (reparied), missing one toe, several cracks


Additional Information: A Male clay figure with exaggerated head and other features.   This terracotta comes from the Tikar people of Cameroon Grasslands.


Such clay figures are known as house gods. The Tikar have produced these clay figures to represent the spirits of pygmies known as the first occupants of their region. The Tikar believe these spirits offer protection, fertility, and good luck. The Tikar also seek the assistance of these house gods during any healing process. Sacrifice and offerings are regularly conducted by the owner to honor these gods and to renew their power. These clay figures come in various forms: standing, sitting, kneeling. Some of them have holes in the back for offerings; some have clay rings around necks, waists, wrists or ankles; some are made in the form of rattles or lamps.


The age of these figures is not known. These clay figures are becoming hard to get and their breakage rate when shipped is horrific.


The grassland region in Southwest Cameroon is one of the most artistically rich areas of Africa. Only 250,000 Tikar people remain.