Statuette Keaka - Nigeria
The Keaka ethnic group is living at the border between Nigeria and Cameroon. Its statuary is relatively rare and not much documented. Its style is similar to the one of their neighbors, the Chamba and the Mumuye.
This statuette represents a standing male figure with both arms along the body. The crusty patina reinforces both the strong facial expression and the nervousness of the sculpture. The body is standing on its legs that are firmly anchored in the ground. The upper torso represented in minimalist style enhances the body’s rigidity. The threatening face is extended by the headdress.
Probably evoking a protector ancestor, this statuette was placed outside the enclosure or near crops to protect them, as it is shown by its ritual patina.