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Mumuye Shoulder Mask Nigeria Custom Stand African Art 38 Inch

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Title Mumuye Shoulder Mask Nigeria Custom Stand African Art 38 Inch
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Mumuye
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century 
Height (in) 38
Width (in) 11
Depth (in) 12.5
Dimensions Height: 38 Inches
Width: 11 Inches
Depth: 12.5 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 Arrested bug damage

Additional Information: This stylized  shoulder or head mask comes from a relatively small group known as the Mumuye in the north of Nigeria. Mumuye masks are some of the most highly stylized found in West Africa with a ‘clothes-pin’ shaped body with an opening in the front to allow the dancer to see. The Mumuye live along the eastern bank of the Benue River in Northern Nigeria in an area of mixed art and influences.

Recommended Reading: Sieber, Roy. Sculpture of Northern Nigeria, 1961.