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Carved stone (atal or akwanshi)

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Sculpture in hard stone is somewhat rare in sub-Saharan Africa, yet some three hundred have been documented in the forested region of the middle Cross River. About forty groupings, often set up in the center of a village, are known to the present inhabitants. The Ejagham (or Ekoi) call them...

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Provenance

Early 20th century, said to have come from the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Farnham, England. December 3, 1991, anonymous sale, Christie's, London, lot 86, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1995)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Cross River region, Nigeria, 18th–19th century

Object Place

Cross River area, Nigeria

Dimensions

73.66 cm (29 in.)

Accession Number

1994.419

Medium or Technique

Basalt

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture