Ghostly Tiv Statue 20″ – Nigeria – African Art


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This Tiv statue features a ghostly figure with hollow socket eyes, almost skeletal like. The Tiv are well known for their puppets and large body masks, many of which have eerie or grotesque appearances. The statue measures 20 inches tall and weighs 7 pounds. There are a few large cracks, especially on the right side along with wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin





Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


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Weight (Pounds)

7 lbs

Overall Condition

Large cracks along with imperfections and wear and tear.


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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”

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