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Male figure Montol Komtin (N° 20212)
It was during healing rites, or even divination of the origins of illnesses, that this sculpture played a major role for the members of the Komtin male society.
The stocky morphology of the Montol statues is characterized by broad shoulders, a narrow bust, and thick, short legs. The head is generally spherical and the features are sketchy.
This sculpted figure is differentiated by a more detailed face, framed by large ears and crowned by a circular protrusion.
Engraved on the abdomen are parallel lines reminiscent of the body scarifications of groups in the region, such as the Goemai, Tarok (who name their healing society Kwompten), and the Ngas, from central Nigeria. The latter use similar statues, often more schematic.
The Montol kept the sculptures for community use in the "dodos", thatched huts decorated with skull-trophies, where they were used in worship following ritual libations.
Grey but velvety surface, cracked patina, residual fragments of bird down.
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Ref : " Nigeria, Arts de la vallée de la Benoué" Somogy-éditions d'Art ; "Africa, the Art of a Continent" ed. Prestel.
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|Origin||Collection P. Malisse|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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