Pair of figures - Mama - Nigeria - SOLD

Mama in African art

The Mama, also called Kantana, settled on the Jos Plateau. They carry crests in the shape of a stylized animal's head symbolizing the spirits of the bush. Authentic African Mama statues are rare and their function uncertain. They are usually encrusted with a rich patina. Another type of mama statues is meant to be a means of communication with the spirit world. Small statues, attached to iron spikes and planted in the fields, were used to cure or protect growers from snake bites.

Origin : private collection FranceDating : 1960'sSize : 21 x 4 cm Material : wood

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1960
Ethnic group
Tribal art collection France

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