Hand Carved Nupe Post 61″ on base – Nigeria – African Art



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This is a beautiful hand carved Nupe post/statue from Nigeria. This piece has designs carved all the way around the post. This item stands 60.5 inches tall, weighs 32 pounds, and comes with a custom metal base.

Type of Object

Post or staff

Country of Origin





Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)

60.5" Post, 61" w/ Base

Width (Inches)


Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)


Overall Condition

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.


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Tribe Information

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.