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Nupe Weaving Sword Nigeria African Art

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Title Nupe Weaving Sword Nigeria African
Type of Object Artifact
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Nupe
Materials Wood
Approximate Age second half 20 century
Dimensions 24 inches H. x 3 inches W.
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair worn patina, chips, wood flaws, shallow cracks


Additional Information: Length is 24 inches. These weaving swords are used to "pack down" the weaving at the end of each row.


The artworks of the Nupe are highly respected, even though the variety of objects they produce is very small. The limited nature of Nupe art is due to the strict influence of Islam, which has controlled the social and religious life of the Nupe for at least 250 years. Muslim law forbids the use of art objects that possess human figural elements, considering them profane. The Nupe, unable to express themselves in such fashion, instead developed a magnificent ability to decorate utilitarian and marriage-related objects with intricate geometric incising and abstract features. They craft extraordinary carved calabashes and wooden bowls, fashion stunning terracotta vessels and pipes, and weave exquisite, highly-prized textiles. Thus, the Nupe  are among the most superb potters of Africa. The popularity of Nupe art with serious collectors is a testament to their skills and their unique adaptability to social upheaval.

For more information  Perani, J.M. Nupe Crafts: The dynamics of Change in 19th century and 20th century Weaving and Brassworking, 1977; Stevens, P. Nupe Woodcarving, Nigeria, 1966; Arnulf Stossel, Nupe, Kakanda, Basa-Nge: Gefasskeramik aus Zentral-Nigeria, 1981;  Arnulf Stossel, Afrikanische Keramik, Traditionelle Handwerkskunst Sudlich Der Sahara, 1984; Leith-Ross, Sylvia, Nigerian Pottery, 1970.