IGBO IKENGA STYLE FIGURE 84, Nigeria

Despite its appearance, this Igbo Ikenga style figure was probably made to be sold.


 

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

IGBO
IKENGA STYLE FIGURE 84
30" high x 6.25" wide x 6.25" deep
Nigeria
$300

There are cracks and wood loss virtually everywhere on this figure, most damaging is the loss of the left horn.

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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