Date: Mid 20th centuryOrigin/Tribe: Nigeria - AfricaMaterial: WoodDimensions: 60Additional Information: A remarkable example of the statuary of South-Eastern Nigeria, this monumental effigy brings to a pinnacle the combined notions of strength and dignity through which tutelary deities were celebrated in Igbo country. In all of Igbo country's major regions, shrines were erected to local tutelary deities, as well as to gods. Their placement within the shrine, as well as their respective dimensions, were indications of their hierarchical importance. The heavy polychromatic upper layer and the added (and rarely preserved) elements are evidence of the succession of great ceremonies where the figureâ€™s protective power was revived.
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