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Mumuye Lagalagana Divination Figure 38 Inch African Art

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Title Mumuye Lagalagana Divination Figure 38 Inch Africa
Type of Object Standing Figure
Country of Origin Northern Nigeria
People Mumuye
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Mid/second half 20th Century
Dimensions 38 inches H.
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 Cracks with repair on back top and bottom , damaged and chipped feetshallow cracks throughout , scratches and scrapes. DOES NOT STAND!

Additional Information: A large  and typical example of  carved figure  from  the Mumuye people. The Mumuye  who live along the eastern bank of the Benue River in Northern Nigeria in an area of mixed art and influences. This figure depicts a male with a crescent hairstyle, a stylized triangular face characterized by tubular eyes, triangular nose mouth ending with pointed chin.

 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 abstractive 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 nose. This is a well-carved and highly finished example of Mumuye carving that would stand well in any collection..

I have examined this piece and agree with the description.

Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.