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Hand Carved Twisted Nupe Post 80″ on base – Nigeria – African Art

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This is a beautiful hand carved Nupe post/statue from Nigeria. This piece has a twisted design going all the way down the post. This item stands 77.5 inches tall, weighs 24 pounds, and comes with a custom tiered wood base that increases the size to 80 inches.

Type of Object

Post or staff

Country of Origin

Nigeria

Ethnicity

Nupe

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

77.5" Post, 80" w/ Base

Width (Inches)

4" Post, 12" Base

Depth (Inches)

4" Post, 12" Base

Weight (Pounds)

24 lbs

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.

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.

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

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