Stone Kissi Nomoli Figure, Sierra Leone
A stone Nomoli figure in a crossed legged, seated position from the Kissi people of Sierra Leone.
- CREATOR Unknown.
DATE OF MANUFACTURE Possibly 18th-19th century.
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Carved Stone.
- CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS H 12 in. W 5 in. D 4 in.
A Nomoli is a carved stone figurine native to Sierra Leone and Liberia. They are usually made of soapstone, granite or limestone.
Nomoli figurines are among the earliest works of art from Sierra Leone. The Nomoli figurines and similar stone sculptures are the only known remains of an empire that existed hundreds of years ago in what is Sierra Leone and LIberia today.
The Mende and Kissi people of Sierra Leone put these small statues near their homes and in fields of crops for protection and increased vegetation, as they believe the Nomoli figurines will give them good health, good harvest, and meals to eat.