Chamba, Nigeria, mid 20th century or older
wood, iron, pitch, pigments, 40 cms in height
Provenance: Swiss collection
Lit.: Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley, M. Berns et al. (2011)
Please see similar example at Fowler museum
Expressive highly stylized sculpture with apotropaic function.
Such protective figures would have been kept in small houses where they were stuck into the bottom of the ground. Their function is to ensure the well-being of the owner and his family.
Price: 400 Euro