Afo Style Seated Female Statue 29.5″ – Nigeria – African Art


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This statue was carved in the style of the Afo people of Nigeria. The statue depicts a female figure who is in a seated position.  She is sitting on what appears to be a smaller figure. The statue measures 29 inches tall and weighs 11.5 pounds. There is chipping around the base and to her ear along with some cracking and wear and tear – please inspect photos carefully.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin





Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)


Width (Inches)


Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

11.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Chipping to base and ear. Cracking and wear and tear.


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Tribe Information

About the Afo People

“The people living on the banks of the Niger and Benue Rivers share many social and artistic traditions. They are thought to have common ancestors known as the Akpoko people. Traditionally, they principally make their money by acting as trade intermediaries between the inland people and the people who inhabit the Niger River Delta.
The Afo people settled north of the junction of the Niger and the Benue Rivers. Their Okeshi figures are used by members of the Alanya Beshi society during annual festivities related to fertility rites. They are carved as seated or standing female figures with overall linear body and face scarifications. Caryatid stools were also made. Recent studies have suggested that these sculptures, attributed to the Afo, may, in fact, have been carved by northern Nigerian tribes, themselves influenced by the Fulani people.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.