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35. Montol female Komtin society figure, Nigeria,
wood and sacrificial materials, 15 3/4" (40 cm)
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35. Montol female Komtin society figure, Nigeria,
                wood and sacrificial materials, 15 3/4" (40 cm)
  Little scholarly research exists with regards to Montol figures. Originally all figures were thought to be used s part of the healing ceremonies of the menís Komtin society, a secret society concerned with herbs and healing, though it is now known that these figures had a variey of uses, including Yam house and crop guardians. In any case this female figure is a Komtin society figure- we know this by the encrusted and accumulated sacrificial patina or surface on the statue. The Yam house guardians, by comparison, which are suspended in the Yam houses up in the rafters, have no such accumulations and over time develop a dry, driftwood like patina due to long term exposure to the cooking smoke. What is evident here is the twisting kinetic energy and assymmetry in Montol statues which makes them unusual in the canons of African art, where the majority of the statuary is static.

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