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Tikar Clay House God Figure Cameroon African Art

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Title Tikar Clay House God Figure Cameroon African Art
Type of Object Clay Figure
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Tikar
Materials Clay, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 7 Inches
Width: 5 Inches
Depth: 3 Inches
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Chips and repair to back

Additional Information: A clay figure decorated with geometric motifs. 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. 

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