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Mumuye Lagalagana Figure Nigeria African Art 46 Inch Stand

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Title Mumuye Lagalagana Figure Nigeria African Art 46 Inch Stand
Type of Object Standing Figure
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Mumuye
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age second half 20th Century
Dimensions 46 inches H. x 11.75 inches W. x 7.75 inches D.
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 shallow cracks and chips, , broken feet


Additional Information: An ususual example of  sculptures from the Mumuye people.  This iparticular figure has ears on the figure's neck which is an unusual way to present the ears.  The position of arms is in parallel with the ears and gives another sculptural dimension to the carving. The smooth dark patina adds to the carm of this statue and makes it a desirable piece of art!

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.

I have examined this piece and agree with the description.

Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.