Art/ Collection/ Art Object


19th–20th century
Nigeria, Pantisawa, Benue River Valley region
Mumuye peoples
Wood (Detarium senegalense)
H. 36 3/4 x W. 7 1/8 x D. 5 7/8 in. (93.3 x 18.1 x 14.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Paul and Ruth W. Tishman, 1983
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 352
The elegance of this narrow elongated torso embodies a quality of formal dynamism through slight bilateral asymmetry. Within Nigeria's Benue River Valley region, such representations have been associated with a range of functions, including reinforcement of the status of male elders and use by healers and diviners in arriving at diagnoses. The flexible nature of tradition is reflected in the fact that a single figure may fulfill several roles.
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