Igbo, Okoba. <em>Figure (Ikenga)</em>, early 20th century. Wood, 8 1/4in. (21cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Uzi Zucker, 79.117.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 79.117.1_bw.jpg)

Figure (Ikenga)

Artist:Igbo, Okoba

Medium: Wood

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:early 20th century

Dimensions: 8 1/4in. (21cm)


Accession Number: 79.117.1

Image: 79.117.1_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Small, dark wooden ikenga (sculpture for the hand) with sacrificial patina. At the bottom is the stool-like element composed for four angular flexed legs. In the middle is a head with a chip carved cross shape in the center of the forehead, and another cross shape on the back. facial features are indicated. Surmounting the head are two looped horns with chio carved decoration and which are void in the center. At the base of the horns is a band with three projecting knobs on front and back. Below the band a flared appendage, continuing the line of the horns, extends down on either side of the head. CONDITION: Very good. Some evidence of wear throughout; very small areas of patina missing from flexed legs.

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