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A very tall Mumuye sculpture

A very tall Mumuye sculpture

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A very tall Mumuye sculpture on a base, a protruding navel, sloping shoulders margining into thin arms, a long neck carries a small head with expressive features, the two large ears are in a square shape, the hair is pulled up as a mohawk, typical of Mumuye style; a ritual patina, insect damage and signs of age and intense use, beautiful old repairs. Certificate of origin and provenance.

“It was not until the late 1960s that statues from the Mumuye culture of northeastern Nigeria appeared on the European art scene. Their impact was immediate and profound: African art aficionados marvelled at Mumuye artists’ abstract interpretation of the human body, which recalled the approach to anatomy by artists of the Cubist and Expressionist movements. Indeed, anthropomorphic Mumuye figure sculptures demonstrate an astonishing range of variations, testifying to their makers’ unbridled creativity and limitless inventiveness.
Here, a meticulous analysis of the extraordinary forms of Mumuye figures—paying attention to their striking inherent sense of motion—leads to a new style of classification that recognizes different workshops and even the hands of individual masters. A summary of the scant fieldbased studies discusses the figures’ primary role as emblems of status and rank, their connections to ancestral veneration, and healing and divination practices. Through a selection of masks and other objects, this book reveals the beauty of Mumuye figurative sculpture.”

Source: Mumuye. Sculpture from Nigeria, The Human Figure Reinvented, by Frank Herremam, Texts by Constantine Petridis, 2016.

Height: 222 cm
Weight: very heavy

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