Old Fine Mumuye Maternity Figure – Nigeria
Mid 20th century. Wood, cm. 57,0 high (19.69″). Kg 3,1 (6.83 lb.).
The Mumuye figures tend to be elongated ranging in size from 20 to 160 cm. The legs are usually angular, and ribbon-like arms wrap around the torso with elbows clearly marked.
The Mumuye occasionally used their figures for divination and healing, as did the north-western neighbours, the Montol and Goemai. Other figures, distinguishable in form and style, reinforced the status of important elders, served as house guardians.
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