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Statue Igbo Ikenga (N° 18460)
Most often sporting a high horned headdress with complex elements, this type of African statues features a character with attributes such as jewelry and scarifications, sitting on a stool in a determined attitude. Two-tone patterns are painted on his face. Grainy matte patina.
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This ethnic group is located in the southern Niger Delta region of Nigeria. the Ikenga is a personal altar belonging to a man. It is the symbol of accomplishment and personal success (okpossi), the representation of one's tutelary spirit (chi, vital energy), as well as the recipient of sacrifices offered periodically or prior to the commitment of an important action (most often to ifejioku, deity of the yam, or to ale, goddess of the earth). In addition, ike , the power, refers to the force that the right hand exerts in the effort. Closely linked to a secret society of warriors, it is also the expression of personal determination (ivri).
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