|H. 96 cm.
||H. 133 cm.
|Worcester African Cultural
Mumuye sculptures are
often found in household shrines. Each family
commissions a figure. They are associated with
elders, rainmakers or diviners and guided by a protective spirit known as Va.
Mumuye have a community
based agricultural society that relies on everyones involvement. For example each farmer has one field next to his
house, and one field that is on community land and which is tended by various members of
the community. Cooperative work and
participation are essential in living successfully in this culture. This represents such
contrast to our individualistic society where success is measured by personal gain. I think that we could all learn many
valuable lessons from the Mumuye and the message of love and sharing that their culture
After picking out our pieces of sculpture, everyone wrote their respective initial
reactions to their chosen works. This forced me to take a close look at my sculpture which
made me appreciate the sculptors skill and attention to detail and try to understand
exactly how the piece affected me. Instead of simply appreciating it, I had to try and
analyze what exactly I liked about it, and what struck me as interesting and beautiful.
What I ended up realizing was that the long elegant forms made me think of a dancer, all
grace and beauty. The serene expression gave me a feeling of contentment, and made the
figure very pleasing look at and study. Scrutinizing the sculpture made it simple to
identify it as coming from the Mumuye, who are located in Nigeria.
Mumuye sculpture incorporates long elegant lines in all work, with the torso and arms
being the longest part and the hips and legs angled. Each sculpture, as seen in the
photos, is streamlined with rounded hips and
angled legs making them all seem very grounded and in touch with the earth.
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