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Mumuye Figure Lagalagana Nigeria 45 Inch African Art

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Title Mumuye Figure Lagalagana Nigeria 45 Inch African Art
Type of Object Standing Figure
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Mumuye
Materials Wood, Pigment, encrustation
Approximate Age second half 20th century
Dimensions 45 Inches H. x 5.25 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 some surface scuffing, shallow cracks, chips and dents


Additional Information: This wonderful example of sculpture is carved after figures used by the Mumuye who live along the eastern bank of the Benue River in Northern Nigeria in an area of mixed art and influences. It is much larger and sculpturally and stylistically exuberant than most figures found among the Mumuye reflecting its high quality. This well-carved example of Mumuye carving displayed on its own mount. It shows much handling and some age. It would be well placed in any collection.


Traditionally the Mumuye use figurative sculptures for a number of wide ranging purposes. Highly abstracted figures called Lagalagan are in the care of a trusted elder who keeps them in a shrine that is a small hut in the family compound where they are involved in family and community life. They are thought to be able to manipulate the forces of nature and control human behavior. Mumuye figures participate in ceremonies to bring rain, make iron, heal, advise, sit at trials and officiate at funerals. Mumuye figures are some of the most highly stylized figures found in West Africa. Their highly attuned figures are prime examples of the best of abstract and stylistic development available in African sculpture. Figures such as this represent females with a high crested hairstyle and large wooden plugs placed into the lobes of the ears. 


Recommended Reading: Sieber, Roy. Sculpture of Northern Nigeria, 1961. Sieber, R. and Tony Vevers. Interaction: the art styles of the Benue River and East Nigeria. 1974.


 i have examined this pieceand agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.