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Lagalana Ancestor Figure (180 cm) - Wood - Mumuye - Nigeria - Asian African Art
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Lagalana Ancestor Figure (180 cm) – Wood – Mumuye – Nigeria


Object:Lagalana Ancestor Figure
Ethnic group / culture:Mumuye
Region/ country:Nigeria
Period:Second half 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:180x7x6 cm
Weight:2500 g

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Extremely large Mumuye Lagalana figure, total length: 180 cm!
Living on the left bank of the Benue River, the 400,000 Mumuye people intensively farm an area of plains.
Mumuye artists are famous for their wooden statues known as Lagalagana. These figures display elongated features and exaggerated ear lobes. Carved by blacksmith or weavers, they are kept in a separate hut located on a family compound, and are entrusted to the family member who has magical powers. The Lagalagana have divination, apotrapaic and rain making functions, and serve as prestige objects.

The figure stands unstable on it`s own.
Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.

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