FigureArtist(s)IgboArtist NationalityIgbo (Southern Nigerian style, culture)Object Creation Date20th centuryMedium & SupportwoodDimensions
13 1/16 in x 3 in x 3 5/8 in (33.2 cm x 7.7 cm x 9.2 cm)Credit LineGift of Dr. Daniel and Sandra MatoSubject matter
This shrine figure, called ikenga
, embodies 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.
Cole, Herbert M. 2013. Visions of Africa: Igbo.
Milan: 5 Continents Editions. Physical Description
Wooden figure in a standing position surmounted by two conical horns protruding from the top of the head. The legs are triangular in shape while the body is columnar with grooves on the left and right side. The hands in front hold an object that connects to the chin of the figure. Primary Object Classification Wood and Woodcarving Primary Object TypefigureCollection AreaAfricanRights
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men (male humans)