The Mumuye are an almagam of seven originally separate people who retreated under pressure to the rocky hills of the the Benue River in present day Nigeria. These figures tend to be elongated ranging in size from 20 to 260 centimetres. The legs are ussually angular. The Mumuye distinguish the gender of the figures on the basis of the shape of the ears. Only Mumuye women distend their earlobes. The figures are used for divination and healing, or to serve as house guardians and to re-enforce the status of important elders.