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The Jukun formed a powerful empire in Nigeria. However, attacks by the Chamba and Fulani divided the ethnic group into two sub-groups. One in the north, near the Wurkum and Mumuye, the other south of the Donga River. The king of the Jukun, Aka uku, is considered a semi-devin. He communicates with the ancestors of the kingdom through various rituals. Jukun masks are well known in tribal art. The mask called akuma is intended for the cult of the same name. However, statues are rarer among the Jukun. Thus, we find those intended for the Mam cult, representing the chief or his close circle. These statues are brought out during ceremonies, crises or rites linked to the rain or the harvest. There are also certain pairs of statues, the anhebi, which are planted in the ground in order to benefit the harvest.


Statue Jukun
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Ex private French collection of African art.

The resemblance to the Nok is surprising, but it is indeed a Jukun.
The character appears seated, almost curled up on himself.
His proportions are amazing. Indeed, its legs are very thin and long while the nose that could be described as a snout is more reminiscent of zoomorphic representation than anthropomorphic.
The patina is generally smooth and dark. A special feature of this piece, it is carved from an extremely heavy wood known as The "of fer".

The Jukuns are a population of West and Central Africa living mainly in Nigeria in the upper Benue Valley, also in northwestern Cameroon.
As a result of the expansion of the former Jukun Empire, the Jukun or Wurbo of Nigeria were dispersed into two ...


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Crest Jukun Mask
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Ex-collection Belgian African art.

Due to the expansion of the former Jukun Empire, the Jukun or Wurbo of Nigeria split into two groups: one established south of the Donga River and the second north of the region near Mumuye. and Wurkum. The attacks of the Chamba first, then of the Fulani, contributed to the extinction of this kingdom. Their king Aka uku, considered semi-diviner, is also their intermediary with the royal ancestors, through rituals including the sacrifice of the king in case of plague or bad harvest. The southern Jukun have a tradition of masks, including the akuma male mask associated with the cult of the same name and of which four types were listed by A.Rubin. They are often endowed with horns evoking the ram or the antelope, in connection with the cult ...


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Wurkun/ jukun/ Kutep horizontal crescent mask
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African art in the Benoué Valley, tributary of the Niger River


Due to the expansion of the former Jukun Empire, the Jukun or Wurbo of Nigeria split into two groups: one established south of the Donga River and the second north of the region near Mumuye. and Wurkum. The attacks of the Chamba first, then of the Fulani, contributed to the extinction of this kingdom. Their king Aka uku, considered semi-diviner, is also their intermediary with the royal ancestors, through rituals including the sacrifice of the king in case of plague or bad harvest. The southern Jukun have a tradition of masks, including the akuma male mask associated with the cult of the same name and of which four types were listed by A.Rubin. Statues are rare, and belong to the widespread cult of mam in ...





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