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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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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


73.66 cm (29 in.)

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Africa and Oceania