Montol figure (Detail)
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Item : Montol figure, Picture : Detail (approx. 19 Kbytes)


Located on the northern bank of the Benue River, the few Montol population is enough unrecognized. This sculpture, whose simplified face with flat headdress, was probably used in divination and healing rites by a secret men's society called komtin.

The Montol statuary, of which the use was essentially therapeutic, expresses at the same time the power and an expression of constraint (slight dissymmetry, « rough » aspect, painful expression returned by the slope of the head backwards).
18th / 19th century.

Origin : Collection Yves Develon, Paris, 1995

Object #2098

Origin :

Nigeria (Located on the northern area of the Benue River)

Type :

Statuary

Ethnic group :

Montol

Material :

Wood, deep natural and sacrificial patina

Size :

H = 17.7 inches

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