Wurkum , Objet art of the ethnic Wurkum - African-art.net
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Wurkum

The Wurkum or Wurkun live in Nigeria between the ethnics Jukun and Mumuye. They make statues with a rich patina, elongated, with a high round head surmounted by a crest. The arms often describe an oval around the navel, sometimes prominent. These statues have very cubist shapes and resemble to some sculptures of Brancusi. These statues had an important role to keep away the evil forces and evil influences. Often these statues had, stuck in their base, an iron stake that was used to plant the statue in the ground in the fields to protect crops. These statues could also be installed in houses.

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