Our upright , male " Ikenga " figure holds a sword in his right hand and carries the head of an enemy on his belly.
Each head of the family had a personal shrine with - sometimes several - of these kinds of sculptures in it to display his moral and physical authority.
The sculpture was regularly cleaned and sacrificed to favour the gods and increase its power.
Ex. Unknown private collection ( red Inv. number 1980.503 !? )
Ex. Privé collection Jos Humblet , Brussels ( Inv. number 025118 )
Hard wood type
Dry patina with libation marks (head, head enemy and left hand)
Knotted textiles around loins.
Head and spine black pyro-engraved
Age-related cracks in head (left & right), left upper arm, right neck and torso right .
Two feet with a lot of insect damage.
Wooden, black lacquered stand from previous collector with paint flaking and painted Inv. number (see photo)
Beautiful old Ikenga figure!
Shipment with track and trace.
- Prima metà XX secolo
- Condizioni discrete
- Venduto con supporto
- 40×16×11 cm