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stone??

yes, stone

yes, stone

Can we see pics of bottom and backside?

How tall is it?

What's its history, provenance?

Looks like wood to me. There are some woods that sink in water. Another, quebracho, measures 1.9 on the mohs scale. (Diamond is 10.0).

About 8 inches tall

Personally, 

I am thinking either Tibet or Nigeria.  the uniform "layers" on your statue could be folds of fabric or "tiers" like I observed in some royal headwear.  It is a small start.  Any more information will help, maybe a few more photos.  :)

Why are you certain it is stone?

Pendant with a Queen Mother (Iyoba) playing a gong

The Kingdom of Benin

The person that owns it told me it was stone, and it was given to him by the person who originally bought it somewhere in the Mediterranean around 50 years ago.

Looks like "Shona stone", Zimbabwe, Africa.  https://www.icollector.com/Nicholas-Tandi-exquisite-African-Shona-s...

I opened my link and noticed it calls the stone, "verdite stone" and also shona stone... 

Google, African carved brown stone.  When it opens click "Images", many similar to look at.

You are a good photographer!

UP-DATED:  Shona is the tribe after which this style was named. The stone is verdite which comes in different colors.

PS I saw a 15" piece of rough verdite listed at $400. USD

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