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    Description

    Igbo (Nigeria), Owerri Region
    Male Deity Figure
    Wood
    Height: 43 ½ inches Width: 6 inches Depth: 5 5/8 inches

    Carved in a dense hardwood, this is a bilaterally symmetrical deity figure in southern Igbo style: a columnar body with fairly heavy legs slightly bent, a long torso with an umbilical rupture, squared shoulders, and diminutive arms bent at the elbows. A long heavy neck supports a large head with tab ears and a forward-arcing haircrest/headdress.

    Such figures were housed in family or community tutelary deity shrines overseen by priests and were family members of revered deities associated with forests, rivers, earth, erosion and other natural features.

    The feet are missing, and there are overall surface losses due to insects and repeated bathing.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida



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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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