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Koro Anthropomorphic Cup Figure 24″ – Nigeria – African Art

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This figure was carved in the style of the Koro people of Nigeria. Figures like these were created for drinking palm wine during services at funerals. The statue measures 24 inches tall and weighs 6.5 pounds. There is some wood deterioration, cracking and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Cup Figure, Figure, statue

Country of Origin

Nigeria

Ethnicity

Koro

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

24"

Width (Inches)

8"

Depth (Inches)

6"

Weight (Pounds)

6.5lbs

Overall Condition

Some wood deterioration, cracking and wear and tear.

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About the Koro People

The Koro people settled north of the junction of the Niger and Benue Rivers. They carve abstract headdresses embellished with red seeds, which are thought to symbolize ancestor spirits and are used during agricultural rites and important social or family events. Anthropomorphic cups are used for drinking and pouring beer or palm wine during ritual sacrifices or secondary funerals.

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