Seller: tribalvirtu (842) 100%, Location: Mount Arlington, New Jersey, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 192209842333 Condition: Excellent Antique Condition, Details: View more great items EXTREMELY RARE African Tribal Tikar Antique Cast Bronze Magical Female Statue From the old private collection. Outstanding Example of the mastery of bronze in African Art. Circa early 1700, 19" tall, use and age patina. This figure was used in the palace of a chiefdom of western Cameroon. Less known than the bronzes of Benin, the Tikar bronzes also stand in African art by their finesse.This Superb Tikar Sculpture is symbolic which is unknown to us, it's finely crafted and has a nice patina. The Tikar are a pygmy people found in western Cameroon. At the height of the Tikar Empire, fifteen kingdoms or clans existed, the Ngambe was the largest. Future kings and the ruling class always came from this clan and all clan were headed by a fon who supervised nobles, military leaders, merchants and town leaders. With superior weapons and fighting on horseback, Tikar soldiers protected the empire, maintained domestic peace and collected taxes. A caste system existed, but the standard of living for the Tikar was above those from other ethnic groups. The Tikar people was known for their sophistication in government, war, and the arts - including a bronze casting process. The Tikar have traditionally performed bronze casting. Some objects typically attributed to Bamun / Bamelike are actually Tikar. Most bronze items from the Tikar region are dark in color. The darker color proves that it contains more copper.The Tikar people have focused on education for generations. Teachers taught boys vocational skills which included craft-making, woodcarving, mask carving and making bronze sculptures. They developed a process of using hot wax and bronze called "Lost Wax Method" to create masks and statues to be used during agricultural and other ceremonies and festivals. The small country of Cameroon has over 200 tribes alone, and as early as the 1970s, included the ethnic Chinese.Just a tidy-bit of info: Alfie Woodard has Tikar tribe DNA. Condoleezza Rice discovery via DNA analysis that she has ancestry linked to the Tikar-Bamenda. Due to the antique/vintage nature of our items, we encourage our buyers to carefully read the description and measurements of the item to avoid any disappointments ,there might be some slight imperfections, most likely they will show flaws consistent with ware, ages, and use which only add character and charm to the items. Each item is described and photographed as accurately as possible. If you have any question about any particular item, please contact me before you purchase, We are more than happy and willing to answer any questions you may have. International Buyers – Please Note: Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding or buying.