Ancestral Shrine Figure (Male)Artist(s)IgboArtist NationalityIgbo (Southern Nigerian style, culture)Object Creation Datecirca 1940Medium & Supportcarved woodDimensions
4 ft. 8 15/16 in. x 12 13/16 in. x 8 7/8 in. (144.5 x 32.5 x 22.5 cm);4 ft. 8 15/16 in. x 12 13/16 in. x 8 7/8 in. (144.5 x 32.5 x 22.5 cm)Credit LineAnonymousLabel copy
Among the Igbo of the north, wooden figures are carved to symbolize deities associated with the four days of the Igbo week and the local markets held on those days. They are housed in a decorated compound and are attended by priests who wash, polish, dress and present the figures on their special market day and annual ceremony of renewal. They receive offerings to honor and appease them. These gods are based on an idealized human model and show the attributes of wealth and power.Primary Object Classification Sculpture Primary Object TypefigureCollection AreaAfricanRights
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men (male humans)