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Ofo statue (N° 21640)

Ofo sculptures, mediating objects in African art .
This wooden sculpture named Ofo (after the tree in which it was made) has several sections trimmed with metal, and the upper part offers a face haloed by an ample crest. The bust is trimmed with metal stems and motifs in a double spiral.
A rare and symbolic piece held by an elder named N'dichie , and associated with the agnatic lineage, on which oaths were sometimes taken, this black iron object was displayed in Igbo homes and altars. This tradition then spread to neighboring ethnic groups. From a botanical sculpture from a "male" tree, and composed of brittle twigs, images of boys dependent on their father and then detaching from him, this object is part of a type of achievements ( skeuomorphs) of Nigerian culture, made in a different material than the original model.
Source: Arts of Nigeria,Nigel Barley.
The Igbo live in the forest in southeast Nigeria. They have managed to combine a strong sense of individuality with an equally strong sense of group belonging. Their political system is complex and little known. The village is the largest social unit, the smallest is the extended family. Each village has a high degree of autonomy and is placed under the authority of the oldest lineage chief. The religion of the Igbo includes the god Chuku, the supreme creator, considered omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, and the spirit of the land Ala.  

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OriginRécolté in-situ 1998
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm170
Width17 cm
Weight9.75 Kg
Socle includedYes

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