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Table de divination Mumuye (N° 18239)

We have little information about this object, except that this anthropomorphic tray would form a support for divination sessions. Glossy patina, granular residue.
This is in the northeastern region of Nigeria, limited by the Benoué Loop and the Cameroonian border, that live, mainly from agriculture, the group of about 100,000 Mumuye. As the area was difficult to access, they remained relatively isolated until 1950. Their statuary was discovered around 1968. The Mumuye of Nigeria, like the Tiv, are organized into initiation societies staggered into age classes that take place for young boys in a box, tsafi, in which the statues are stored. They enhance the prestige of their holder, but also participate in healing rituals, divination and ordalies.  

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Originex-collection C. Deray
EthnyMumuye
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood
Height75
Width31
Weight3.80 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1950
Socle includedYes

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