This Afo style statue features a female figure with a child on her back and another one breastfeeding in her lap. She has striation marks on her face and scarification on her breasts. The statue measures 19 inches tall, 22 inches including the custom base, and weighs 7.5 pounds. There is some cracking, chipping and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos carefully.
Beautiful Afo Maternity Statue 22″ – Nigeria – African Art
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19" figure | 22" including base
Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.
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.