standing female figure with thin, stylized arms at sides and hands on belly; row of vertical loops at waist with teardrop shaped loops hanging down; row of loops at chest; knob at center of back; knoblike nose, gaping mouth, eyes just below textured hat

Female Figure, early 20th century

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Gift of Bob Ulrich and Jill Dahlinexpand_more  99.167.2

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In northeastern Nigeria a mosaic of ethnic groups produce ceramic art, and it is not always possible to attribute a particular terracotta to a specific people. The many loops and dangling elements of this example are most common on ceramics made by the Longuda. This type of pottery was used ritually, in divination and healing ceremonies. Older figurative pots of the Longuda normally stand on a single, circular foot, so this two-legged figure is likely more recent.

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Title
Female Figure
Role
Artist
Accession Number
99.167.2
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standing female figure with thin, stylized arms at sides and hands on belly; row of vertical loops at waist with teardrop shaped loops hanging down; row of loops at chest; knob at center of back; knoblike nose, gaping mouth, eyes just below textured hat