Iagalagana ritual figure
Early 20th century
Carved wood and pigments
Height: 67 cm – 26 ¼ in.
Ex collection Pierre Parat, Paris
Ex collection Michel Andrault, Paris
Ex collection Alain de Monbrison, Paris, circa 1980
Ex collection Carles Taché, Barcelona
Ex private collection, Spain
The Mumuye used sculptures called Iagalagana in different rituals: the figures played a central role in ancestor worship and in curing ceremonies. They served as intercessors between the spirit world and that of men, and served as proof of the high status of the family that owned them.