Advanced Search

Shrine Figure (Ikenga)

Artist/Maker: Nigeria, Igbo people

Date: mid 20th century
Medium: wood, plant fiber and encrustation
Overall: 11 7/8 x 3 1/2 x 3/8 in. (30.2 x 8.9 x 1 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bell
Object number: 75.015.008
DescriptionIkenga means the personal shrine to the right hand. This image symbolizes the Igbo adult male's aggressiveness and drive to achievement and success. This is a "warrior" ikenga, indicated by the horns, titleholder's stool, sword, severed head, and warrior's skirt.
Not on view
In Collection(s)