Nuchu statue, Kuna people, Panama

20th century
Tribal Art
From: 69620, Ternand, France

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    Statue presenting a standing figure with arms along the body. The rectangular face is simple with a mouth that is only suggested. The eyes are enhanced with blue pearls. The arches are well marked as well as the nose which is disproportionate. There is still some red pigment that embellishes the face. The figure wears a necklace of yellow pearls around his neck. These statues, called "Nuchus", had a medicinal function. Indeed, they were found in every house, placed vertically in a box. Each member of the household was represented by one or more "nuchus". In the event of a problem, the healer would take hold of a statue and perform incantations to call the healing spirits.
    Here we have a typical example of the style, simple and elegant.
    Wood, beads, pigments.
    Traces of use and slight damages. H : 34,5 cm
    Kuna people, San Blas archipelago, Panama
    Mid 20th century
    Provenance: Justin Barthels Gallery (1934-2021), Maastricht

    Ref: 496IFQVOK3

    Style Tribal Art (Pre-Columbian art of Tribal Art Style)
    Century 20th century (Pre-Columbian art 20th century)
    Country of origin Panama
    Height (cm) 34,5 cm
    Materials Wood
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 4-7 Business Days
    Location 69620, Ternand, France

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