Nupe Door on Custom Metal Base 59″ – Nigeria* – African Art

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Hand carved wooden door created by the Nupe tribe of Nigeria. This piece has three panels which have beautiful geometric designs throughout. Its been attached to a custom base and measured 59 inches tall and 26 inches wide and weighs 20 pounds.

Type of Object

Door

Country of Origin

Nigeria

Ethnicity

Nupe

Material

Pigment, Wood

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

57" door | 59" w/ base

Width

26"

Depth

1.5"

Weight

44 lbs

Overall Condition

Good with minor imperfections – see photos.

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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.

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