Figure (Tadep)

early 20th century

African Art

On view, 1st floor, African Art

Not much is known about Mambila figures, which depict humans in a range of abstract forms, as they have been out of use since about the 1970s. The earlier assumption that they have been used in ancestor worship has recently been questioned. Instead, they may have been owned by associations concerned with illness and healing.


Wood and pigment


17 1/2 × 4 × 6 1/4 in. (44.5 × 10.2 × 15.9 cm)

Credit Line

Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection

Accession Number



20th century


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Possibly the Rosen Collection, unknown dates
possibly Daniel Hourde, Paris: unknown date - Feb. 16, 1990
Charles B. Benenson Collection, donated to Yale University Art Gallery in 2004
  • Frederick John Lamp, Amanda Maples, and Laura M. Smalligan, Accumulating Histories: African Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2012), 75, 299, fig. 19
  • "Acquisitions, July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2006), 222
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Object/Work type

figures (representations)

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