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Mumuye figure (N° 13363)

Prestigious tribal statues in African art Mumuye
Sculptor's work named rati or molabaiene, this African statue of the Mumuye has a stretched bust that supports thick semi-flexed legs, and arms emerging in v on the chest, departing from the body at the elbow, to return to lean around the abdomen. The dynamic attitude is accentuated by the position of the body in slight inclination. The proportionally reduced head is distinguished by the large circular ears and the top horns. Grey, red and white polychrome skate. The statuary emanating from the northwestern region of the benue middle, from Kona Jukun, to the Mumuye and up to the Wurkun populations stands out for a relative lack of ornamentation and a clean stylization. The 100,000 Adamawa speakers form a group called Mumuye and are grouped into villages, dola, divided into two groups: those of fire ( tjokwa ) relating to blood and red color, guardians of the cult vabong, among which s elected the chiefs, and those of water, ( tjozoza ), related to humidity and white color. It is among these that the priests of the rain are chosen, initiated from the worship vadosong . The Mumuye are organized into family groups called dola . Their statues iagalagana were stored in a box, tsafi, reserved for this purpose, while another box, java , housed an individual with magical powers and surrounding himself with ritual objects related to his function and prestige .  

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Originex-collection Devrindt
Weight3.33 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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