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Vere Figurines (N° 13671)
Ex-collection English African art.
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The Vere, also known as Glass, Were, Duru-Verre, are a population of North Africa in northeastern Nigeria, in the state of Adamawa (formerly Gongola), on the border with Cameroon. Thirty percent of her is Muslim. It was estimated in the 1970s to be more or less 35,000 individuals. Vere statuettes are rare and have similarities with the pieces produced by the Mumuye, their close neighbours further north along the border between Nigeria and Cameroon. Similarly, the same statuettes can be found in the Chamba.
Forms are simple. The arms are slightly bent and held apart from the body in a manner similar to the position of the Mumuye statues. The lower body is more worked, however, as it consists of two thick legs resting on wide, flattened feet where toes are carved.
The details such as the eyes and navel are in projection. This statuette has facial scarifications on the one hand at the mouth and on the cheekbones.
Plece harvested in the Mubi region of Nigeria.
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