Ibo figure- Prov: Berg-en-Dal museum
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Lot 0046 Details
The facial expression and the decorative motifs make this Ibo figure both unusual and desirable, as does the light honey patina. It displays the typical thick neck, elaborate coiffure, abdominal scarification's and very short arms with supinated hands, showing the deity's generosity and his willingness to accept offerings. He is also naked, showing he has noting to hide. Some beads and a bell have been attached to the figure. For the Ibo (also spelled Igbo) these statues are living beings that have real families. These figures "which are known as Alusi" are all placed together in shrines and commemorated yearly, and represent the deity for which they are named (rather than being ancestors). PROVENANCE: This example was deaccessioned from the Berg-en-Dal museum in the Netherlands H= 71cm
Good condition. Remains of dotted pigments on the face.
Dimensions21.8 x 70.3 x 15.8 cm