Statuette Abo - Cameroun
This anthrozoomorphic female figure from Cameroon could be attributed to the Abo or Keaka ethnic group. It is indeed unmistakably related to the Cameroon-Nigeria style by its sculpture. The dynamism and strength of the volumes and the patina is very characteristic of these ethnic group from forest regions. The statues were kept above the fire so that the smoke would remove the insects and protect the sculpture. Its thickness is the result of libations and offerings.
This figure is standing on truncated bent legs. The lower torso presents a rebounded abdomen with scarifications. On the upper torso the two looped arms join in front of the small conical breasts. The strong shoulder carved in flat volumes present incisions. The back and shoulder blades are also adorned with linear incisions. The rounded head is adorned with horizontal incisions and the sloping facial plane is in diamond shape. The round eyes are circled by a pronounced orbit. The two lips are closed together and incised with vertical symbolized teeth.
This work originally constituted a couple. Indeed, the sculptural characteristic with the male figure that was brought back by Captain Hans Glaining in 1908 seems to contribute to this theory.
The black crusty patina enhances the volumes of this very rare and atypical sculpture and testifies of its great age.