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Lot 0120E
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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Age-commensurate surface wear, several small hairline fissures, remnants of original red and brown pigmentation, small chips and losses around peripheries, otherwise very good.

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Early 20th C. African Igbo Wooden Ikenga Figure

Estimate $600 - $900Jan 18, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA