Probably representing a male, this dynamic example has curvaceous arms and torso which add movement to the otherwise static stance. Originating from the Benue River Region of Nigeria, these abstracted sculptures of males and females are thought to represent ancestors, and are often called upon to be guardians of individuals and villages; they can also function as truth-telling figures employed at village trials. This important and very old example is carved of a heavy, dense hardwood and measures 46"H. The figure is in very good condition, however the legs are deficient and show much old moisture damage and losses, overall. Wonderful deep, varied patina. Provenance: Davis Gallery, New Orleans, LA. Custom mount.