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Seated Figure

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Seated Figure


Object Creation Date
circa 1950

Medium & Support

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 Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Pinsof

Subject matter
Ntekpe, 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.

References Cited:
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 33.1: 52-69.
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. 

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men (male humans)
shrines (structures)

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