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Mumuye figure (N° 22410)
This Mumuye tribal figure was made by the sculptor rati or molabaiene. Recognizable by their particular structure alternating narrow masses and ample volumes, minimalist facial features, these statues not only made it possible to call down the rain but also played an apotropaic and divinatory role.
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Satin patina. Abrasions. Cracks at the top.
The statuary emanating from the northwestern region of the middle Benoué, from the Kona Jukun, to the Mumuye and up to the Wurkun populations is distinguished by a relative absence of ornamentation and a refined stylization. The 100,000 Adamawa language speakers form a group called Mumuye and are grouped into villages, dola, divided into two groups: those of fire ( tjokwa) relating to the blood and the color red, guardians of the cult vabong, among whom are elected the chiefs, and those of the water, (tjozoza), related to moisture and white color. It is from among the latter that the priests of the rain are chosen, initiates of the vadosong cult.