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Afo Seated Female Nigeria Africa 32 Inch African Art

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Title Afo Seated Female Nigeria Africa 32 Inch
Type of Object Figure Maternity
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Afo
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 32 inches H. x 7 inches W. 9 inches D.
Overall Condition Fair to poor.  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 Small bug holes throughout. Cracks all over, but piece is sturdy. One side of hairdo is broken off. Patina is worn.


Additional Information: A well carved seated female figure. The surface shows traces of extensive use and good age. This sculpture carefully carved recalls the style of the Afo people who live in the north of Nigeria. The Afo style is recognized here by the incision or striations on the woman's face and body. The  hairstyle, the face shape as well as the facial features are also of Afo style. The stance and position of the figure sitting on a carved stool and the theme of a womanb is also common among the Afo sculpture. Large figure like this were used for the community and dedicate to the ancestors. They were  kept by the village leader and displayed once per year at the village palace were prayers, sacrifices and offerings were conducted in order to get blessings from the ancestors, the figure is supposed to represent. Large maternity figures are considered  ancestral mothers to whom living go to beg fertility and fecundity for themselves and for their lands. When not being used the figure was kept in the village shrine. 


Recommended Reading:


Sieber, Roy, Sculpture of Northern Nigeria, New York, 1961