An 'Ikenga' figure of wood, male, standing on a stool. The mostly abstracted figure with 2 long, upward-pointing horns, the forehead with typical 'Ichi' scarification, depicted drinking from a vessel held in both hands. Among the northern Ibo such 'Ikenga' shrine figures symbolise strength and help in achieving success in life. With choker of iron wire, encrusted with old sacrifice patina. 1st Half 20th Cent. H: 60 cm. (ME)
Prov.: Collection Anne and Jacques Kerchache; auction Christie's, Paris, 29. Oct. 2008, Lot 140; Austrian private collection.
Specialist: Prof. Erwin Melchardt
Auction Date: 24.09.2012 - 16:00
Location: Palais Dorotheum
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