Thorn Carving Item Number: Af346 from the MOA: University of British Columbia
Figure representing a man standing on a wooden base stained brown on the bottom. Figure is wearing knee-length pants, and he is playing a square frame drum. Head of drum and pants are light yellow-brown. Head, upper body, legs, and square frame of drum are dark brown.
Thorn carvings are miniatures depicting scenes from Nigerian life. This type of carving began circa 1930. Thorns vary in size. They can be as large as 12.7 cm. long and 9.6 cm. wide. They are comparatively soft and easily carved. The light yellow-brown thorn and the dark brown thorn come from the Ata tree; the light red-brown thorn comes from Egun trees. The parts are glued together with viscous paste made from rice cooked with water. They are carved by men.
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