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Statue Igbo Ikenga (N° 18566)
Wearing circular horns, this elegant sculpture depicts an asexual figure sitting on a stool, with his back straight, absorbed in the task of smoking. Its naturalistic morphology, which allows the musculature to be perceived, with thin ties, is surmounted by a stretched neck supporting a narrow face somewhat reminiscent of the so-called 'girl' masks. In one of the hands, in place of the trophy head, appears an unusual ovoid element, a reference to fertility or ritual sacrifices. Beautiful matte polychromy. Smooth surface. Fine desication cracks, very slight gaps, good general condition.
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This ethnic group is located in the southern region of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. the Ikenga is a personal altar belonging to a man, which the latter kept in his meeting house in obi. 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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|Origin||Polargo USA 1955 - Mercier Belgique 1978|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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