The Mumuye mostly live in northeastern Nigeria between the cities of Jalingo and Zinna, in a region that is bounded by the bend of the Benue River and the Cameroon border. Estimated to number 70,000 to 400,000 the people cultivate sorghum, millet, and yams.
Due to the difficulty of access to their land of rocky hills and savannas, the Mumuye remained in near total isolation until 1959. Mumuye artists are famous for their wooden statues known as iagalagana. Bronze figures are not as prevalent.
This Chiedf is holding symbols of authority in his hands. At the bottom of the royal tool are ancestor figures.