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Antique “Lagalagana” soothsayers figurine - MUMUYE - Nigeria

Lot reference 12916557
Antique “Lagalagana” soothsayers figurine - MUMUYE - Nigeria

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Middle of the 20th century - Good condition - Minor termite damage

The Lagalagana figurines from the MUMUYE tribe (established in the interior lands of Nigeria, at the South of the Benue River) are very fascinating sculptures. These almost abstract representations of a human body were stored in a separate hut and were entrusted to a family member with magical powers. The figurines were mostly used for divination, healing powers and as a medium for rainmakers. Their height varies from 30 to 160 cm.

This exceptionally beautiful, magnificently carved item is made of hard wood, but has unfortunately some termite damage on the centre of the trunk. Further on, there is a dryness crack on the backside at the level of the shoulders, and on the front of the elaborate headdress.
Height: 61 cm.

Provenance: J. Leewering, a Dutch naval officer who gathered a large collection of African and Oceanian art thanks to his many trips during the period of 1946-1961 - a written declaration of its provenance will be delivered.

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Member since: June 5, 2014
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    Vieux et splendide masque Pende/très belle patine plein de finesse
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    received with good conditions, fast shipment, looks nice and beautiful, thanks!
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