A Mumuye one-armed figure
Lot 690
A Mumuye one-armed figure
Sold for US$ 7,800 inc. premium
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A Mumuye one-armed figure
Nigeria, of unusual form, the attenuated figure carved with one arm in classical Mumuye form. Remains of white pigment inset in the eyes. Overall fine patina indicates traditional usage in a shrine.
height 36in


  • Among the Mumuye it is uncommon but not unheard of to find figures with a single arm, as in the present example. In the best of cases the carver has taken advantage of the iconography and utilized the single arm into an abstraction that compensates for the loss of symmetry. In this lot the single arm emerges from the center of the chest and its sweeping form would not allow the presence of another arm; the mark of a Mumuye carver both gifted and proficient in his idiom.