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Artefact (1) - Stone - Mende - Sierra Leone

Lot reference 28910959
Artefact (1) - Stone - Mende - Sierra Leone

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1st half 20th century - Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear

Total nr of items: 1
Object: Artefact (More lots)
Ethnic group/ culture: Mende
Region/ country: Sierra Leone
Material: Stone
Period: 1st half 20th century
Condition: Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 18×8×6 cm
Weight: 773 g

Rare and mysterious Nomoli, ancient fertility symbol, hard stone figure.

in sitting position ( crouched ) with the hands on the chest.

It is believed that these figures, found by farmers when processing their land, are several hundred years old.

Exact origin / origin is not clear, but they are quite old. The local populations have their own and different stories and explanations about the origin of these stone figures.

The Mende see these as divine messengers, gods of the rice, the kissi find these images of ancestors .

If found, they are often placed in the field of altar / shrines, along the fields and cared for as prosperity and fertility.


Stone is a rarely used material in African sculpture.


Field collected , by former KLM couple, stationed ad Monrovia in the years 1956-1960.

Nl Wiers123  

Catawiki member since January 31, 2016, received 11 reviews in total (10 in last 12 months)

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    Il bellissimo NOMOLI MENDE, della Sierra Leone, è finalmente arrivato. Purtroppo l'imballaggio non era perfetto e la pietra si è scheggiata in un gomito. Scatola piccola. Gigi Oderzo Treviso ITALIA
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    user-3326cce October 8, 2019

    Response by seller
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    Dear Customer,
    What a pity to hear, hope that the damage is not too bad! I always take care of the packaging and will improve it even more! I hope that despite this accident/damage you still will enjoy the Nomoli.

    Sincerely,
    Frank Wiersma
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    Fijne communicatie! Beeld goed ontvangen :)
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    user-ff333fc September 20, 2019

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    Masker in prima staat ontvangen. Alles is prima verlopen!
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    user-ff333fc September 10, 2019

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    Ok,Big thanks!
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    Terzani August 21, 2019

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    mooi gebruikt masker in goede conditie aangekomen
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    plaumens August 17, 2019

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    Everything very fine
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    Tho1953 March 27, 2019

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