The Mambila farmers and stockbreeders occupy the region bordering Cameroon and Nigeria, to the north of Grassland. A society of mutual assistance, the kurum, participates in clearing land, harvesting, and building houses and facilitates social contacts during celebrations and dances. fiber. Merchants and blacksmiths are separated from the rest of the community. The trade is passed from father to son. They practice the ancestor cult and agrarian rites. The Mambila only worshiped family ancestors.
Mambila art centers upon an association called suaga. It is primarily concerned with justice and supernatural cleansing within the community. The Mambila produced a considerable number of figures that are characterized by a heart-shaped face; pigments are often applied later. Mambila figures embody ancestors who, according to their beliefs, are responsible for the clan's wealth. The figures appear with bent legs and typical enlarged head outlined in wooden pegs. Just like this Basket Fetish figure.
This fetish was among 30+items from our collection filmed in "Wonderstruck". It was used in shooting of the museum scene. "Wonderstruck" is an upcoming American drama film directed by Todd Haynes. The film stars Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams and has been selected to compete at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival
Theater release is expected during Christmas 2017