StaffArtist(s)Object Creation Date20th centuryMedium & Supportwood and metalDimensions
52 1/16 in x 2 5/8 in x 2 5/8 in (132.3 cm x 6.6 cm x 6.6 cm)Credit LineGift of Margaret H. and Albert J. CoudronSubject matter
The exact origins of this staff are unknown, but it is possible that Igbo or Idoma peoples may have carved it. While the context it may have been used in is unknown, the crest hairstyle is similar to that of Igbo 'maiden spirit' masks, called agbogho mmuo.
The outstretched hands appear to be turned upward, similar to the pose of alusi
figures, carved for deities and placed in their shrines. However, the face of the kneeling figure also resembles some of the masks and headdresses created by Idoma peoples.
Cole, Herbert M. 2012. Invention and Tradition: The Art of Southeastern Nigeria.
Munich: Prestel. Physical Description
Staff with a finial of a kneeling female figure on an inverted conical base. There are five raised grooves around the figure's waist and around the neck a 'V'-shaped object. The hair is in the form a crest. Primary Object Classification Sculpture Primary Object TypestaffCollection AreaAfricanRights
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staffs (walking sticks)
women (female humans)