Large commemorative statue - Tiv - Nigeria - SOLD

The sculptural expression in African funerary art

The Tivs are known for their artistic corpus related to the funerary art that surrounds the worship they devote to their ancestors.

The sculptors create on order statues often skeletal of various sizes and shapes. These pieces can be surreal, sometimes janiform.

Here, a seated figure holds in his hands a skull, representing that of the deceased ancestor.

During the worship, the family gathered in a dedicated place and proceeded to libations of animal blood and vegetable matter. We still see traces on the piece here.

This one is distinguished by its impressive dimensions testifying at the same time of the love brought to the deceased by his family, and his means since this type of statue also has a social scope.

This authentic statue is in a very good state of conversation despite its age and size.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
98 x 21 cm
Ethnic group

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