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Pomdo ('Image of the Dead' Figure)

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Stone carvings of this type are not rare. Thousands have been found around Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. They have also been recovered in smaller numbers in Mali. They are often discovered on river banks and in fields by farmworkers. The...


Mbumba Bwiti (Reliquary Guardian Bust)

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The Tsogho (or Mitsogo) of Gabon largely adhere to the spiritual discipline Bwiti, also popular among the forest-dwelling Punu, Fang and Kota. It is recognised as one of the three official religions of Gabon. Central to this spiritual belief is a...


Waaga (Grave Marker Figure)

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Among the Konso of Ethiopia, bravery is considered a virtue. Men who have hunted and slain dangerous animals or threatening enemies are considered heroes. When one such hero dies, a stone is placed atop their grave. If he was a wealthy or senior...


Enok Ateng (Ancestral Figure)

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The Kaka is a name given to a cluster of peoples living in settlements south of the Donga River in Cameroon. Among them are the Mbaw (Ntem), Mbem, Mfumte, and Yamba. The Kaka are known to venerate their ancestors, celebrating them with intricate...


Okeshi (Fertility Figure)

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The Eloyi (also known as Afo) of present-day Nigeria, live north of the Benue River, in the south-east foothills of Nasarawa state. Much remains unknown about the work created by the artists of the region but the Eloyi are famous for maternity...


Kundul (Healing Figure)

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The Wurkun, so-called by the Jukun, meaning "people of the hills", is more accurately a collection of ethnic groups including the Piya, Kulung, Kwonci, and Kode living in the Muri Mountains of Nigeria. These groups share beliefs, rituals and...