African art > Statues > Statue Tiv
Female figure Tiv Atsuku (N° 11843)
French African art collection.
People with varied traditions have settled in the savannah north of the Niger and Benué rivers. The Tiv are made up of farmers living on the banks of the left bank of the Benué River. Their statues are of two types: of a naturalistic type, these figures take the form of female representations, some of which formed the top of reception box posts, as evidenced by the base of this statue. The seconds, named ihambé, associated with fertility, feature seated characters. Soft, full and rounded shapes characterize it. The round face has finely sculpted features and sports the scarifications used in the ethnic group. The hairstyle is assembled in fine braids around the central crest.
Plaqué along the bust with generous forms evoking fertility, the arms support the abdomen whose protruding is highlighted by circular keloids. The feet rest on a heavily eroded base. According to Christine Mullen Kreamer in The Hunting and Circumcision Rituals of Sub-Saharan Africa" (p.33), these statues are also used in hunting and circumcision rituals. Between the erosion zones appears a brown and sain patina with subtle veining. Object sold on a removable adapted pedestal. Ref. In: " The Tribal Art of Black Africa" Ed. Assouline