A male Mumuye sculpture, Nigeria, standing on a rectangular base, on wedge-shaped feet, strong legs with pointed knees, accentuated genitals, a short torso, sloping shoulders leading to short slightly bent arms, the hands with incised fingers, the elongated neck supporting a helmet-like head, an open beak-like mouth showing notches, a short nose, the slanted bean eyes represented by wide grooves, large perforated disc-like ears, linear scarification marks at the corners of the mouth, wearing a domed comb-shaped coiffure; brown to blackened patina, traces of age an ritual use. Provenance: Abdoulaye Ousmane, Lomé, Togo
“In art-loving and art-historical circles, the name Mumuye is currently associated with a stunning corpus of figure sculptures and, to a lesser extent, with a wide variety of masks. (…) They marveled at the daringly modern, reductive interpretation of the human body that in many ways recalls the approach to anatomy adopted by artists of the Cubist and Expressionist movements in the early twentieth century. Today, almost fifty years after their sudden appearance in the European and American capitals of African art, Mumuye figure sculptures rank among the most cherished of sub-Saharan Africa.”
Lit.: Frank Herreman and Constantine Petridis: The Discovery of Mumuye Art. In: Frank Herreman: Mumuye: Sculpture from Nigeria. The Human Figure Reinvented, Milan 2016, p. 9 (8-13).
450 – 550, Euro
Height: 54 cm Weight: 2,4 kg
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