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Mumuye tablet
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Usual object of the mumuye type consisting of a tablet with a figurative motif, forming a support for divination. The head offers traditional mumuye criteria: summary features framed by large protruding ears. The posterior face is eroded. br />The plate is connected by a raffia cord to an anthropomorphic stylus.
Height on base: 47 cm.
Desication cracks.

The Mumuye are a little-known ethnic group, they are estimated at around 400,000 individuals. Current knowledge tends to affirm that these statues had a very important social role within the community and were used in communication with the dead and the spirits, divination, for curative purposes etc. Mumuye art plays a very great role in the social cohesion of the ethnic group. This statue was kept in the box of ...


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Mumuye figure
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This Mumuye tribal figure was made by the sculptor rati or molabaiene. Recognizable by their particular structure alternating narrow masses and ample volumes, minimalist facial features, these statues not only made it possible to call down the rain but also played an apotropaic and divinatory role.
Satin patina. Abrasions. Cracks at the top.
The statuary emanating from the northwestern region of the middle Benoué, 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 language speakers form a group called Mumuye and are grouped into villages, dola, divided into two groups: those of fire ( tjokwa) relating to the blood and the color red, guardians of ...


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Janiform Mumuye Statue
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The Mumuye in African Art South of the Benue River, in a region of difficult access that isolated them until 1950, are established the Mumuye, which are organized into family groups called dola.Their iagalagana statues were stored in a box reserved for this purpose, while another box, java, housed an individual with magical powers and surrounding himself with ritual objects related to his function and prestige.The characteristics of Mumuye figures which often erroneously attributed to the neighboring Chamba, are recognizable thanks to the cylindrical body, to the space formed by the disposition of the arms around the bust, with squat legs, and, in the majority of the cases, by the stylized cap with side sides. from the bust in two similar faces.The massive legs are supported by a strongly ...


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Mumuye statue
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Ex-French African art collection.
Similar to themselves and surprising by their unusual designs, punctuated by this typical corpus of African Mumuye statues. We find in this copy the block of the shoulders extending laterally by flat arms, dominating a columnar bust, slightly inclined forwards, embellished with a protruding umbilicus. As a reminder of the upper volumes, an arched construction found on these statues. Glossy patina very slightly reddish and somewhat abraded in places.
The statuary emanating from the northwestern region of the middle Benoué, 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 language speakers form a group called Mumuye and are ...


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Statue Mumuye
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Belgian African art collection.
It is in the region of north-eastern Nigeria, limited by the Benoué loop and the Cameroonian border, that the group of about 100,000 Mumuye live, mainly from agriculture. 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 reinforce the prestige of their holder, but also participate in healing rituals, divination and ordalies. This figure has upper limbs spread out of the bust, hands leaning on the lower abdomen, legs spaced in the extension of the pelvis. These traits are generally found in ...


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Mumuye statue
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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, ...


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Mumuye Statue
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Ex-collection French African Art South of the Benue River, in a difficult access area that isolated them until 1950, are established the Mumuye, which are organized into family groups called dola.

Their iagalagana statues were stored in one box, tsafi, reserved for this purpose, while another box, java, housed an individual with magical powers and surrounding himself with ritual objects related to his function and his prestige.The characteristics of the figures Mumuye embodying tutelary figures, which are often erroneously attributed to the neighboring Chamba, are recognizable thanks to the cylindrical body, to the space formed by the arrangement of the arms around the bust, with squat legs, and, in most cases, by the stylized cap This specimen is supported by a strongly ...


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Mask of shoulders Mumuye Sukwava
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Ex private German collection of African art.

This mask mumuye sukwava said " shoulders ", miniMaliste, is surmounted by a small head own statues iagalagana mumuye: a long neck and big ears drooping surmounted by a summit point, such a helmet. The reduced face which decorates the room has a very stylized facies with severe expression and is decorated with scarifications starting from the commissures of the mouth. Time-damaged wood: drying slots, strong erosion of the lower base. Velvety matte patina. Formerly intended for war rituals, these masks are now used for the invocation of rain and are on the other hand prestigious items. The Mumuye, in small family groups, are in a lowland area on the banks of the Bénué River in Nigeria. Shoulder masks are not exclusive to Mumuyé but ...


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Mumuye Mask
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The Mumuye in African art.
South of the Benoué River, in an area of difficult access that isolated them until 1950, are established the Mumuye, which are organized into family groups named 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 surrounding himself with ritual objects related to his function and prestige . This type of mask is found in the northwest region of the benue middle, from Kona Jukun, to the Mumuye and up to the Wurkun populations. The statuary emanating from this area is distinguished by a relative lack of ornamentation and a clean stylization. The 100,000 Adamawa speakers form a group called Mumuye and are grouped into villages, dola, divided into two ...


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Split Drum Mumuye
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Music and prestige in African art South of the Benue River, in a region of difficult access that isolated them until 1950, are established the Mumuye, which are organized into family groups called dola.

Their iagalagana statues were stored in a box reserved for this purpose, while another box, java, housed an individual with magical powers and surrounding himself with ritual objects related to his function and prestige.The sculptor, named rati or molabaiene The latter, who had another job, made everyday objects such as this slit drum whose rhythm also accompanied ritual ceremonies and announced important events.The sound box is equipped with four feet stabilizing the object. The handles are made up of two contiguous heads adorned with very large red-painted ears, and a single ...


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Female figure Mumuye
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The African art Mumuye and the intriguing anatomy of its traditional statues
. Work of the sculptor named rati or molabaiene, this feminine effigy of the Mumuye has a long cylindrical bust on which point reduced breasts and a protruding umbilical. The rounded volume of the shoulders extends with flat arms spread from the torso, interminable, and whose notch suggests movement. The leg blocks devoid of feet is dug with parallel notches. The eyes are drawn in the wood and scarifications diagonally frame the incision forming the mouth. Ethnic lateral pendants are believed to be associated with a helmeted hairstyle, flanked here by a double sagittal crest, or the earlobes of women adorned with large discs. Dark brown, matte, long crack of desication.
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Mumuye Va buffalo mask, Vabou
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Mumuye zoomorphic masks in African art
Mumuye African masks were used during the ceremonies closing the initiatory periods of the " sons of va "... and during great events. Each group had a mask carved to symbolize its identity, buffalo, monkey, leopard, etc. ... which was called va or vabou . Comparable to the festive mask kaa produced by the Chamba group, it has horns and a large gaping mouth. The eyes are simply hollowed out circularly. Red patina, kaolin residue. Erosion of the upper inner contour.
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 characterized by a relative absence of ornamentation and a refined stylization. The 100,000 Adamawa language speakers form a ...


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Primitive Mint Mumuye, Chamba
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Tribal art collection for sale by Jan Putteneers.
The tribal coins made of black iron in African art.
This primitive African coin is made up of two ringed iron rods forming a string-like arc. The arc extends from serpentiform elements with a soaring end. This item had currency value during the pre-colonial period in Nigeria. ( " The Perfect Form R. Ballarini, p.154)
Patina visibly old, light brown speckled with ochre.
From all times, people have used barter to exchange goods. Then came the first system of real currency, the small shells-porcelain called cauris. The African continent is particularly rich in so-called 'primitive' currencies. These valuable coins are made of black iron, a particularly sought-after metal, others are made of copper, more valuable than ...


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Mumuye Mask
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Mumuye zoomorphic masks in African art
Mumuye African masks were used during the ceremonies closing the initiatory periods of the " sons of va "... and during great events. Each group had a mask carved to symbolize its identity, buffalo, monkey, leopard, etc. ... which was called va or vabou . This mask takes the form of a helmet whose angular top extends horizontally from a bird's head. Large gaping pupils have been arranged under this projection, giving a fantastic aspect to the object. Velvety matte patina with resinous residues.
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 characterized by a relative absence of ornamentation and a refined stylization. The 100,000 ...


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Statue Lagana Mumuye
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The work of iron in the middle Benoué.Among the diversity of mumuye statues, varying according to the villages, certain characteristics emerge however: an extremely pure morphology, elongated, and a relative absence of ornamentation. The arms frequently detach from the bust, bent in this case, and an arch stylization of the lower limbs is often noted. The round head, proportionally small, has a face with sketchy features, a neutral face, and a single hollowed-out eyeball. The barely distinct reminder of ethnic scarifications results in many parallel incisions of the bust and headdress. The headdress, flanked by wide ears side panels framing a neck stretched like a column, would rather evoke a warrior helmet. Iron patinated. It is in the northeastern region of Nigeria, limited by the ...


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Mumuye figure
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Prestigious tribal statues in African art Mumuye
Sculptor's work named rati or molabaiene, this African statue of the Mumuye has a stretched bust that supports thick semi-flexed legs, and arms emerging in v on the chest, departing from the body at the elbow, to return to lean around the abdomen. The dynamic attitude is accentuated by the position of the body in slight inclination. The proportionally reduced head is distinguished by the large circular ears and the top horns. Grey, red and white polychrome skate. The statuary emanating from the northwestern region of the benue middle, from Kona Jukun, to the Mumuye and up to the Wurkun populations stands out for a relative lack of ornamentation and a clean stylization. The 100,000 Adamawa speakers form a group called Mumuye and are ...


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Plateau MUMUYE
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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Plateau MUMUYE

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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Statuette Mumuye
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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.
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 ...


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Female figure Tiv Atsuku
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French African art collection.
People with varied traditions have settled in the savannah north of the Niger and Benué rivers. The Tiv are made up of farmers living on the banks of the left bank of the Benué River. Their statues are of two types: of a naturalistic type, these figures take the form of female representations, some of which formed the top of reception box posts, as evidenced by the base of this statue. The seconds, named ihambé, associated with fertility, feature seated characters. Soft, full and rounded shapes characterize it. The round face has finely sculpted features and sports the scarifications used in the ethnic group. The hairstyle is assembled in fine braids around the central crest.
Plaqué along the bust with generous forms evoking fertility, the arms ...


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Statue Mumuye
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Prestige tribal statues in African art Mumuye.Work of the sculptor named rati or molabaiene, this African statue of Mumuye has a bust in columns and remnants of arms emerging in v on the chest. The gnawed wood still offers the cylindrical volumes that make up the pelvis and shoulder from which rises a stretched neck supporting an ovoid head. The eyeballs, forming a hallucinated gaze directed towards the sky, are traced in the wood and scarifications in cat mustache frame a small, hollowed-out mouth. Grooves also indicate the braids of the hairstyle. Typical of the ethnic group, the lateral pendants refer to a helmeted hairstyle or the earlobes of women adorned with large discs. Heterogeneous patina, remnants of polychrome pigments. The statuary emanating from the northwestern region of ...


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Mumuye Cimier Mask / Wurkun / Bikwin
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Vertical masks of this nature were used by neighbouring groups, Wurkun/Bikwin , Mumuye, and Jukun, established in the benoué average. The wearer of the mask was likely holding him in balance on his head, so as to see between the two planks. They were associated with agrarian ceremonies to promote harvesting, health, and human fertility.
Sa structure consists of two planks, one of which is heavily damaged, surmounted by a disc surrounded by a ring from which emerges a head with anthropo-zoomorphic features. The face is covered with a crest evoking the group's hairstyles, adorned with a metal ring. Elements are raised with red ochre, and parallel patterns are inscribed on the cheeks. Patine mate.


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