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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Memorial figure. Monolith made of basalt with human facial features.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 17thC-20thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 57 centimetres (figure)
    • Width: 22 centimetres (figure)
    • Depth: 25 centimetres (figure)
    • Height: 8 centimetres (pedestal)
    • Width: 25.5 centimetres (pedestal)
    • Depth: 25.5 centimetres (pedestal)
    • Height: 65 centimetres (figure + pedestal)
  • Curator's comments

    Nearly 300 similar figures from 30-180cm high, and carved from naturally occurring boulders, have been recorded in the area north of Ikom on the Cross River. They stand in villages, many of which are now deserted, within an area of less than 400 square miles inhabited by six small Ekoi ethnic groups. Although they were all probably carved between AD1600-AD1900, it is not yet possible to date them more accurately.

    This piece was collected in Nigeria in the 1930s.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    1989, London, Museum of Mankind (Room 7), 'Treasures of the Collections'
    2011 6 Oct-2012 19 Feb, London, BM, Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman

  • Condition


  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


Male figure (chief?, memorial) made of basalt.

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Male figure (chief?, memorial) made of basalt.

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