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Mumuye Lagalagana statue (N° 20211)

An unusual, rhythmic design for Mumuye sculpted figures: the shoulder block is extended laterally by flat arms, dominating a columnar bust on which tiny breasts stand out. As a reminder of the upper volumes, the lower limbs are made in an arch. The sagittal crest forms with the ears distended by the buckles, only worn by the women of the ethnic group, like a strange warrior helmet.
Beautiful glossy patina abraded locally, residues of red pigments on the head. The statuary emanating from the northwestern region of the Middle Benue, 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 speakers form a group called Mumuye and are grouped into villages, dola, divided into two groups: those of fire (tjokwa) related to blood and the color red, guardians of the vabong cult, among whom are elected chiefs, and those of water (tjozoza), related to moisture and the color white. It is among the latter that the priests of the rain are chosen, initiates of the vadosong cult. The Mumuye are organized in family groups called dola. Their iagalagana statues were stored in a hut, tsafi, reserved for this purpose, while another hut, java, housed an individual with magical powers and surrounded himself with ritual objects related to his function and prestige.  

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Originex-collection britannique
Weight1.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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