'Kundul' Shrine Figure
Benue River Valley, Eastern Nigeria
The Wurkun are well known for their male/female figures mounted on spikes used to ensure the well-being of the family through the fertility of crops. They were installed in the fields beside conical grass structures. Others were placed on domestic shrines and used for curing illness or divination. This figure has fine encrusted surface patina as a result of numerous libations over time.
Cf. Alisa LaGamma, Echoing Images - Couples in African sculpture, 2004 for a discussion of kundul and other pairs of figures.
Ex. Max Wilborg.