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Mumuye: Sculpture from Nigeria


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Through 41 masterworks, Mumuye Sculpture from Nigeria reveals some of the most accomplished statues made by this Nigerian tribal group. The Mumuye artists abstract interpretation of the human body, which recalls that of cubist and expressionist artists, has been immensely appealing to African art enthusiasts. Their anthropomorphic figures demonstrate an astonishing range of variations, testifying to their makers, unbridled creativity and limitless inventiveness. Here, a meticulous analysis of the extraordinary forms of mumuye figures. A summary of the scantfield-based studies discusses the figures of the primary role as emblems of status and rank, their connections to ancestral veneration, And healing and divination practices. Though a selection of masks and other objects, this book reveals the beauty of Mumuye figurative sculpture. Hardcover, 144 pages.