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Statuette Igbo Ikenga (N° 18534)
Most often sporting a high horned headdress with complex elements, this type of African statues features a character with attributes such as jewelry and scarifications, sitting on a stool. The warrior brandishes a knife and a human head. Beautiful piece painstakingly carved. Patine mate. Lacks and shrapnel.
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This ethnic group is located in the southern Niger Delta region of Nigeria. the Ikenga is a personal altar belonging to a man. It is the symbol of accomplishment and personal success (okpossi), the representation of one's tutelary spirit (chi, vital energy), as well as the recipient of sacrifices offered periodically or prior to the commitment of an important action (most often to ifejioku, deity of the yam, or to ale, goddess of the earth). In addition, ike , the power, refers to the force that the right hand exerts in the effort. Closely linked to a secret society of warriors, it is also the expression of personal determination (ivri).
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