Standing FigureArtist(s)IgboArtist NationalityIgbo (Southern Nigerian style, culture)Object Creation Date20th centuryMedium & Supportwood, white pigment, beads and stringDimensions
20 1/16 in x 5 5/16 in x 3 15/16 in (51 cm x 13.5 cm x 10 cm)Credit LineGift of Dr. Daniel and Sandra MatoSubject matter
The white pigment on the face of this figure, found on other Igbo objects such as maiden spirit masks (agbogho mmuo
), represents beauty and purity. It also has connections to Igbo gods and spirits as white chalk is offered to appease them, so it is fitting that the face of this deity figure is painted white. Although the origin of this figure is unknown, it could possibly be a type of figure called alusi
, from the Nri, Awka, and Onitsha area. Figures such as this one have been used in many Igbo-speaking areas, where they were displayed in shrines with multiple figures to form a family. As this object, along with many others, has been removed from its cultural context, it is not known what deity this figure may represent.
Cole, Herbert M. 2013. Visions of Africa: Igbo
. Milan: 5 Continents Editions. Physical Description
Wooden standing figure with one foot missing. There are two strings of beads around the neck and the face is painted white. The eyes, nose, and mouth are detailed with black pigment. The hair is black with an incised grid-like pattern. Primary Object ClassificationSculptureCollection AreaAfricanRights
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