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Lot 281, Auction 5/30/2017: 20th C. Nigeria Igbo Ikenga Wood Figure

West Africa, Nigeria, Igbo peoples, early 20th century CE. An anthropomorphic wooden figure with curved ram's horns. 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 body shape, painted with some green pigment and carved three-dimensionally with details on all sides. This type of figure was made to be placed on a personal altar. Comes with custom stand. Size: 4.5" W x 10.7" H (11.4 cm x 27.2 cm)

Condition: Aged patina and loss to one arm.

Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL acquired before 1970

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