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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...


Kasangala (Arbiter Figure)

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Bwami is a central initiation society that governs the lives of the Lega people. Bwami is believed to strengthen the bonds of community by ways of teaching morality through performances, dances, and objects. The Bwami association includes five...


Alusi (Spirit Force Figure)

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Igbo tutelary deities, known as alusi, are spirits that serve as guardians, patrons, or protectors of a particular person, place, lineage, or occupation. These minor deities are often associated with natural elements such as earth, rivers, forests...


Mwana Hiti ('Child of Wood' Figure)

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The Zaramo mwana hiti, meaning “child of wood,” is used in initiation ceremonies of the Kwere, Zaramo, Luguru, and Gogo people of Tanzania. Zaramo mwana hiti figures carry both practical and symbolic significance. They serve as companions for...


Mvudi (Celebratory Mask)

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The Aduma are a small ethnic group located on the upper Ogooué River in southeastern Gabon to which the mvudi mask belongs. Oral traditions about the origin of the mask make mention of the Mount Ngouadi region in the Ivindo...