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Montol or Goemai Female Figure Nigeria Benue River Africa

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Title Montol or Goemai Female Figure Nigeria Benue River Africa
Type of Object Carving Figure
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Montol or Goemai
Materials Wood
Approximate Age second half 20th Century
Dimensions 13 inches H. x 4.25 inches W.
Overall Condition Good . Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair General wear


Additional Information: A strong and well used sculpture  depicting a standing female figure.  The origin of this figure can be located somewhere between the  Montol or  Goemai  people.


The mountainous region between the northern Benue River and the border with Cameroon contains many small, poorly documented cultures, whose artistic output is limited but very alluring. These groups include the Montol, Jompre, Jukun, Goemai, Koro, Mama, Waja, and the Chamba. Most Montol or goemai works, masks as well as statues, are relatively abstract. Little is known about Montol and Goemai ritual, but they supposedly practice ancestor worship in similar fashion to the Mumuye. Until a careful study of this ancient area, first occupied maybe 40,000 years ago, is undertaken, the cultures of Northern Nigeria, along with their unique ceremonies and carvings, will continue to mystify us.


 


I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD,.