Goemai healing figure (Front view)
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Item : Goemai healing figure, Picture : Front view (approx. 14 Kbytes)


While little informations are available on the Goemai, present data indicates that such statues have a variety of essential communal roles and function in divination, in healing rites, and as vessels to facilitate communication with the ancestors or spirit beings. Goemai art is an integral component in the maintenance of communal health.
This fine and old piece, which is in a particularly original style, presents large ears.

19th century or earlier.

Object #2982

Origin :

Nigeria (Northern area of the Benue River)

Type :

Statuary

Ethnic group :

Goemai

Material :

Wood with brownish patina, traces of sacrificial materials

Size :

H = 11 inches

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