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Authentic Mid-Century Tiv Kwagh-Hir Theater Costume 64″ – Nigeria

$6,000.00 $2,400.00

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This is an incredible work of art. This large costume is made of hand carved and painted wood, with plastic material sleeves. Kwagh-hir theater is a dynamic theater of the Tiv people of Nigeria. It features puppets of different sizes and masquerade displays of both human and animal representations.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

Nigeria

Ethnicity

Tiv

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

64"

Width (Inches)

20"

Depth (Inches)

20"

Weight (Pounds)

49lbs

Tribe Information

About the Tiv people

“The 1,000,000 Tiv people live from farming fields on the left bank of the Benue River and take their name from their eponymous ancestor. They carve figures which are either large and elongated or naturally proportioned with round heads and occasionally scarification at the corners of the mouth and a crested coiffure. Some of these figures were used as posts for reception huts, while others, called Ihambe, are to linked to the concept of fecundity and marriage. Tiv blacksmiths have achieved notoriety for their ‘prestige’ adzes in which the handle ends in a stylized human head with a blade sprouting from it. These are used during festivities and important meetings. Their metal output also includes small copper figures with splayed legs and rounded heads”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

Additional Information

About the Kwagh-Hir

Kwagh-hir is a performance with different types of masks for different types of plays, meaning different things with a combination of storytelling, poetry, puppetry, music, dance and drama. Kwagh-hir translates to ‘something magical’. There are four different categories; the musicians, the management, sculptors and performers.