IGBO STYLE FIGURE 7, Nigeria

Photographs © Tim Hamill

IGBO STYLE
FIGURE 7
16.5" high
$200

Despite this figure's appearance we see no real evidence of tribal use so it was probably made to be sold.

Standing figures represent the numerous Igbo deities or ancestors. They are grouped together in symbolic families and are kept in special houses where they are revered. During annual festivities, these figures are taken out and paraded through the villages. The smaller yellow figures, showing modern dress and style do not represent deities and seem to have been fastened to a structure as puppet-like figures.

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