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Carved stone Nomoli Sapi (N° 19623)

French African art collection.
The groups living in Sierra Leone, Mende and Kissi, mostly rice farmers, venerate stone statues dating from the Sapi kingdom. The latter extended, until the 16th century, from Guinea to Liberia. The "nomoli" of the Mende, placed on altars, were given libations to increase harvests. These stone sculptures, mostly made of steatite or saponite, called pombo (deceased) played, on the other hand, among the Kissi of Guinea, a role of intermediary with the ancestors . The representations vary from the most summary form to elaborate sculptures. This is a character standing on short bent legs, his hands meeting in front of a protruding bust, with striations. Height on base : 19 cm.  

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OriginColl. française Haquet
EthnyMende
CountrySierra Léone
Material(s)pierre
Height cm14
Width5 cm
Weight0.43 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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