Large scale Mambila ancestor statues of the quality of the Franklin Mambila are exceedingly rare. See a female figure in the collection of Drs. Daniel and Marian Malcolm, New Jersey (Kerchache 1990: 145, pl. 52); a male figure previously in the collection of Mia and Loed Van Bussel, Amsterdam (Kerchache 1990: 147, pl. 57); and another male figure previously in the collection of the renowned art collector Rudolf Leopold, Vienna (Bastin 1984: 226, fig. 227). The latter male figure, collected by Philippe Guimiot between 1968 and 1969, shares several unique features with the Franklin female figure, including the facial features, treatment of the ears and above all the cubistic rendering of the legs as spring-like zigzags. Given that Mambila ancestor statues were conceived as male and female pairs, it seems reasonable to conclude that both are works by the same artist and originally formed a couple.
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