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Mumuye Figure Lagalagana Tied Neck Nigeria African Art

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Title Mumuye Figure Lagalagana Tied Neck Nigeria Africa
Type of Object Standing Figure
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Mumuye
Materials Wood, rope
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 20.5 inches tall x 3.75 inches wide
Overall Condition 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 both ear flaps likely broken off. tippy; does not stand. some bug damage, cracks, repairs, torn rope


Additional Information: A miniature edition of the legendary Mumuye carving style.  This piece is extensively worn; it likely had the classic ear flaps seen on other Mumuye carvings.  But the posture is unmistakable.  This particular edition is wrapped around the neck with rope.  The rough surface and worn patina are evidence of significant age.  


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.