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TIV FEMALE GUARDIAN FIGURE, NIGERIA
Estimate
40,00060,000
JUMP TO LOT
17
TIV FEMALE GUARDIAN FIGURE, NIGERIA
Estimate
40,00060,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Robert Rubin Collection of African Art

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New York

TIV FEMALE GUARDIAN FIGURE, NIGERIA

Provenance

Georges Rodrigues, New York
Francesco Pellizzi, New York, acquired from the above
Michael Oliver, New York, acquired from the above
Robert Rubin, New York, acquired from the above on April 5, 1985

Catalogue Note

According to Neyt (1985: 161), the "Tiv played a predominant role in the history of the Benue State, and in that of Nigeria itself [...]. When they arrived at the end of the XVIIth and early XVIIIth century, they deeply affected the life and relationship among the peoples living on both sides of the Benue [River]."

Tiv statuary has an underlying magic meaning. The figures are not representations of ancestors but of tutelary guardians. The largest statues, the lhambe figures, have been categorized into two styles: the "naturalistic style" and the "post style". See Neyt (1985: 178 et seq.) for further discussion.

The Robert Rubin Collection of African Art

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New York