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Mumuye Divination Figure Nigeria African Art

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Title Mumuye Divination Figure Nigeria African Art
Type of Object Standing Figure
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Mumuye
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 21 Inches
Width: 4 Inches
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 N/A

Additional Information: A highly stylized example of sculptures from the Mumuye people. This is a strong Mumuye figure that would stand well in any collection.

The Mumuye people live along the eastern bank of the Benue River in Northern Nigeria in an area of mixed art and influences. 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 abstraction and stylistic development available in African sculpture.