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Statuette Mumuye (N° 18086)
A pointy growth caps our little mumuye sculpture. The sculptor named rati or molabaiene, sculpted this figure according to the traditional criteria in use. Sketched lines, notches, and scarifications in cat mustache. A recurrence, crenellating limbs and arms in The V glued to the bust. Satin patina, scattered abrasions.
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The statuary emanating from the northwestern region of the middle Benoué, Kona Jukun, Mumuye and even the Wurkun populations stands out for its relative absence of ornamentation and uncluttered stylization. The 100,000 Adamawa-speaking 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 are 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 by the cult 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 surrounded by ritual objects related to his function and prestige.
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