Unlike neighboring tribes, Mumuye statues do not depict ancestors. Instead, their figures represent tutelary spirits. This statue stands at 29.5 inches tall, weighs 6.5 pounds, and comes mounted to a 1.5 inch wood base. Add this piece to your collection today.
Engaging Mumuye Headcrest 18″ | Nigeria | African Art
1 in stock
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Figure with base.
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Possible minor imperfections and wear & tear, including but not limited to scuffing, cracking and minimal chipping. Possible previous repairs. See photos or inquire for more details.
About the Mumuye People
“Living on the left bank of the Benue River, the 400,000 Mumuye people intensively farm an area of plains. Socially, they are divided into small family groups called Dola, which are headed by a council of elders with an elected leader. The Vabong secret society, of which there are seven grades, regulates Mumuye religious life. Entry into the society is achieved through initiation ceremonies, which include flagellation and an explanation of the meaning of masks and other magical objects.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.