West Africa, Nigeria, Igbo peoples, ca. early 20th century CE. A finely-aged example of a horned anthropomorphic wooden shrine figure known as an "ikenga." In Igbo society, the Ikenga is a ritual object that symbolizes masculine strength as well as the ability to achieve great things using one's own efforts. Simple forms of these figures are merely horns projecting from a wooden block, with the horns symbolizing the aggression of the male animal. This is a more realized figure with a head and vague body shape, carved three-dimensionally with details on all sides, with a conical base and a pair of tall horns on top. The figure has been painted with an earthy-brown pigment, with remnants of deep red paint still visible, and small reed straps adorn these projections. Size: 10" H (25.4 cm).
Provenance: ex-Nick Poolos collection, Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA acquired before 1970
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