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Koro Standing Female with Cavity Palm Wine Nigeria Africa

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Title Koro Standing Female with Cavity Palm Wine Nigeria Africa
Type of Object Carving, container
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Koro
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 22 Inches
Width: 5 Inches
Depth: 4.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair. 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 broken foot? chips and cracks, wobbly.

Additional Information:

The Koro live north of the confluence of the Benue and Niger Rivers in one of the more poorly documented areas of Nigeria. Only a few objects have been attributed to these people although they have produced impressive and outstanding artworks including headdresses and a particular form of figural carving such as this one that serves as a cup for the ritual drinking of palm wine.

Similar figures /cups are also found among the Koro and Jukun where they are known under the name of gbine. Gbine are used during annual ancestor rites and during second burials. Palm wine or millet beer would be poured from the cup-like shape that forms the central abdomen of the figure. These cups are today highly prized by collectors due to their rarity and unique forms. Most often carved as female figures, "gbine" would often be embellished with red seeds, beads, or bronze rings to replicate jewelry worn by the women.  

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.