Every year, the Tiv hold a festival known as the Kwagh-hir, meaning “something magical”. The festival includes plays, performances, poetry, dance and puppetry. Masks, puppets and marionettes are all part of the act. Here you have a puppet in the female form that has been painted bright red. The figure is missing part of her foot with cracking and chipping throughout. She comes attached to a custom base for easy display. Please inspect photos carefully.
Tiv Kwagh-Hir Articulated Puppet 24″ – Nigeria – African Art
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Wood, pigment, metal, fabric
Missing part of foot. Cracks and chipping – chipping on hand. See photos.
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.
About the Kwagh-Hir
Kwagh-hir is a performance with different types of masks for different types of plays, meaning different things with a combination of storytelling, poetry, puppetry, music, dance and drama. Kwagh-hir translates to ‘something magical’. There are four different categories; the musicians, the management, sculptors and performers.