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Shrine Figure (Ikenga)

Artist/Maker: Nigeria, Igbo people

Date: not dated
Medium: wood, paint and plant fiber cord
Overall: 9 1/2 x 4 3/8 x 3 5/8 in. (24.1 x 11.1 x 9.2 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of Alan Potamkin
Object number: 2012.2.20
DescriptionSmall ikenga from the southwestern Igbo region are called okoba. They are personal shrines that are believed to facilitate their owner's success in almost any undertaking. The wing-like superstructure surmounting the head of this figure is a distinctive exaggeration of the horns, which are the most consistent identifying element of an ikenga, representing male assertiveness and aggression.
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