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The Jukun are thought to be descendants of the Kororofa, a regional state that lasted from the fourteenth to eighteenth centuries. For coronations of Jukun kings and other ceremonies, paired figures were brought from shrines to receive prayers and offerings for the well-being of the community....

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Provenance

By 1976, with Pace Primitive and Ancient Art, New York; March, 1991, sold by Pace to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1996, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 18, 1996)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Jukun peoples, Nigeria, 19th–20th century

Object Place

Nigeria

Dimensions

72.39 cm (28 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1996.384

Medium or Technique

Wood, metal

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture