African art > Bronze rider, wooden rider, dogon, yoruba > Urhobo Rider
Iphri type sculpture in figurative version.
Satin black patina, abrasions and drying cracks.
The Urhobos, living near the northwest of the Niger Delta River, form the major ethnic group in Delta State among the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
They speak Urhobo, a language of the Niger-Congo group. Along with the Isoko, whose art is similar, they are collectively known as Sobo.
Their large sculptures representing the spirits of nature, edjo, or the founding ancestors of the clan, to whom sacrifices were offered, were grouped in sanctuaries within the villages. They also produce figures similar to the ikenga of the Igbo called iphri, half-animal, half-human in shape. They personify masculine aggression and are intended for warriors and notables. However, after ...