A MUMUYE FIGURE

Mumuye people, Nigeria, Pantisawa, Benue River Valley region, Africa

Ex private Dutch collection

Wood, 0.59 x 0.12 m.

The elegance of this narrow elongated torso embodies a quality of formal dynamism through slight bilateral asymmetry. Within Nigeria's Benue River Valley region, such representations have been associated with a range of functions, including reinforcement of the status of male elders and use by healers and diviners in arriving at diagnoses. The flexible nature of tradition is reflected in the fact that a single figure may fulfill several roles.

Price: on request