A brown Mumuye Figure from the collection of Mark Verstockt, a deceased Belgian graphic designer.
The Mumuye tribe lives in Nigeria's Benue River Valley region, and produces anthropomorphic figures that are noted for their cubist abstraction. It was not until the late 1960s that statues from the Mumuye culture of northeastern Nigeria appeared on the European art market.
The typical face of the Mumuye heads with their angular sideburns are said to have inspired the appearance of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies.
Age: mid XXth century or earlier. H= 51cm
Published: "Living African Art Treasures" by David Norden, 2019 nr. 008