Montol figure (Three quarters view)
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Item : Montol figure, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 16 Kbytes)


Located on the northern bank of the Benue River, the few Montol population is enough unrecognized. This male healing figure, whose ape-like face is projected forward, was probably used in divination and healing rites by a secret men's society called komtin. Present data indicates that such statues have a variety of essential communal roles and function in divination, in healing ceremonies, and as vessels to facilitate communication with the lineage ancestors or spirit beings. Montol art is an integral component in the maintenance of communal health.

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 of the face, painful expression returned by the posture of the arms and the legs). The patina demonstrates clearly its great age and its ritual use.
18th / 19th century.

Object #5140

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 = 19.8 inches

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