Lot: 326

77th tribal art auction

Standing female figure

Nigeria, Tiv

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H: 17.7 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, reddish brown patina, rising from a post-like base, incised scarification marks on body and face, slightly dam., crack, insect caused damage backside, base; most female figures, called "atsuku", are used in hunting rites and in connection with circumcision. Evidently there is also a symbolic relationship to manhood and virility. Possibly it is in that context that female figures are placed next to the door of an intended bride.

Wittmer, Marcilene K. & William Arnett, Three Rivers of Nigeria, Atlanta 1978, p. 96