IGBO IKENGA STYLE FIGURE 83, Nigeria

While originating from the African continent, this Igbo Ikenga figure is likely not created by the tribe who invented the design. The tribal attribution indicates the origin of the design, not the object.


 

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IGBO
IKENGA STYLE FIGURE 83
33" high x 9" wide x 9" deep
Nigeria
$400

There are cracks, now stable, on the right side of the head and on both sides of the base. There is also some erosion and wood loss on the back of the base.

Ikenga is the embodiment of traditional male leadership and power among the Igbo. The shrine expresses their personal spirit, chi, a source of strength and courage. Ikenga visualizes the authority of leadership; the ability to sit in judgement and be a warrior-chief. The horns refer to the powerful and agressive nature of the ram.

---Christophe Rolley, www.artheos.org

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