Tribal art > African Statues > Igala Statue
Ex-collection Belgian tribal art.
Three human figures spring from a zoomorphic-looking base, a strange mythical, spherical animal, set on all fours, with vertical ears and a gaping, toothed mouth. The central figure has a sacrificial machete and a sword or scepter. This sculpted, honorary composition, named okega , symbolizes the status of the clan to which it belongs. Crusty grey patina.
Andeblis near the Niger estuary, speaking a kwa language, the Igala formed a powerful kingdom until colonization that marked its decline by the ban on the holidays and the suicide of the king or ata . Human sacrifices once accompanied these ritual feasts, giving this people a reputation as headhunters. The Igalas have large helmet masks named during ceremonies honoring their king. Other ...