standing abstracted figure with arms down, held away from sides; white pigment in eyes and in three lines on each cheek; mowhawk-like hairstyle with long sides (or exaggerated ears?)

Figure, 19th-20th century

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Gift of Darwin and Geri Reedyexpand_more  2004.230.1

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The Mumuye of northeastern Nigeria are known for their striking, often asymmetrical figures. Defining characteristics include elongated bodies, wing-like arms, and small heads with stylized faces. While most of them are sexless, female figures can be recognized by the presence of holes in the earlobes - as is the case here. Such ritual sculptures could be used by diviners, healers, judges, and rainmakers. Some served as status symbols for important elders.

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standing abstracted figure with arms down, held away from sides; white pigment in eyes and in three lines on each cheek; mowhawk-like hairstyle with long sides (or exaggerated ears?)