The bottom half of this Nupe statue is made up of carved geometric shapes, similar to Nupe posts, while the top half features a male figure with a weapon in one hand and a bird in the other. The statue has wood deterioration and cracking and wear and tear throughout but is sturdy. Please inspect photos carefully.
Geometric Nupe Figure 33″ – Nigeria – African Art
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Wood deterioration and cracking. Piece is sturdy. See photos.
About the Nupe People
The Nupe people have lived along the banks of the Niger River since the 15th century and were conquered in around 1830 by the Muslim Fulani people. Their art is therefore non figurative and mostly decorative.
Nupe houses are decorated with doors and posts carved with geometric designs, although there are some rare examples of animal designs. Circular stools, supported by varying numbers of feet, are presented by grooms to their brides. Traditionally they are used as 'prestige' objects on market days and during important meetings.
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.