Seated FigureArtist(s)Object Creation Datecirca 1950Medium & SupportterracottaDimensions
9 3/8 in x 5 7/16 in x 4 13/16 in (23.8 cm x 13.8 cm x 12.3 cm)Credit LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart PinsofSubject matterNtekpe
, or ‘children of the shrine’, are figures placed in Igbo family shrines by women dealing with infertility. Within this context, the figure becomes both an offering and a display of the desire for children. Usually made by older women, these figures often feature a single mother and child or a male and female pair. It is possible this figure was at one time part of a pair, now separated from its female counterpart. Further research is needed to understand other meanings or uses for this figure.
Cole, Herbert M. and Chike C. Aniakor. 1984. Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos.
Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History.
LaGamma, Alisa. 2000. "Art and Oracle: Spirit Voices of Africa." African Arts
LaGamma, Alisa and John Pemberton. 2000. Art and Oracle: African Art and Rituals of Divination.
New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.Physical Description
Seated male figure on a stool, holding a gun or rifle in one hand. Primary Object Classification Sculpture Primary Object TypefigureCollection AreaAfricanRights
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men (male humans)