in the 17th century the Chamba settled south of the Benue nearby the Jukun. Statuettes of the Chamba are quite rare. The staff-like "tauwa" figures can be found more frequently. They are protective figures which primarily should help against snake-bites. Present figure represents an ancestor. H: 42 cm
MUMUYE YOKE MASK 14 31" high $400 The Mumuye have shoulder or yoke masks, known as Sukwava, which displays an elongated neck set under a diminutive head with large ears. Traditionally, they were used during pre-war ceremonies, but nowadays they are worn during rain-making and healing practices. Peoples such as the Mumuye, the Chamba, the Jukun, the Wurkun and the Montol live along the Benue River in eastern Nigeria.