“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.
Art from this Tribe
Tiv Kwagh Hir Theater African Mask Used in Situ 22.5″ – Nigeria
Tiv African Skeleton Figure 30.5″ – Nigeria$350.00 View More
Tiv Kwagh-Hir Helmet Mask 13″ – Nigeria$975.00 View More
Tiv Kwagh-Hir Costume 64″ – Nigeria$2,950.00 View More
Large Wooden Tiv Statue 44″ – Nigeria – African Art