StaffArtist(s)IgboArtist NationalityIgbo (Southern Nigerian style, culture)Object Creation Date20th century Medium & SupportwoodDimensions
21 7/16 in x 4 1/8 in x 2 in (54.4 cm x 10.5 cm x 5 cm);21 7/16 in x 4 1/8 in x 2 in (54.4 cm x 10.5 cm x 5 cm)Credit LineGift of Margaret H. and Albert J. CoudronSubject matter
This may be an ikenga-
related staff. Shrine figures, called ikenga
, embodied Igbo ideas of personal achievements and individuality. These figures usually belonged to men, as their form expressed ideals of masculinity: warfare, aggression, and physical accomplishment. Horns that project from the top of the ikenga
signify strength and power, as do the weapons held by many figures. Around the time of marriage men would receive their ikenga
and would honor them before undertaking imporant events. The face on the staff and the columnar body are similar to ikenga
figures, as are the 'horns' formed by the two open, inverted triangles.
Cole, Herbert M. 2012. Invention and Tradition: The Art of Southeastern Nigeria.
Cole, Herbert M. 2013. Visions of Africa: Igbo.
Milan: 5 Continents Editions. Physical Description
Staff with a short, pointed handle. The top of the handle is surmounted by a rectangle with two inverted triangles. Underneath the triangles is a small face and a neck with four raised grooves. Primary Object Classification Wood and Woodcarving Primary Object TypestaffCollection AreaAfricanRights
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men (male humans)