Ancestor Figure
Ibo/Igbo, Nigeria, 19th C.
Provenance: Private New York Collection

Representing ancestors and deities, these wooden figures are recognized by their posture. Usually owned by diviners and kept in shrines, the figures stand with their hands extended representing their susceptibility to offerings. Sacrifices are made in their honor in return for protection and healing powers. This example is naturalistically carved, with broad shoulders, a long torso, and free form legs. Uniform grids of geometric shapes suggest body scarification, common to Igbo artistic styles. The figure's dramatic presence is heightened by the natural erosion of the wood.

Height: 42 in.
IN. 1-1-15/ SOLD