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Ofo Igbo ritual sculpture (N° 21292)

Ofo sculptures, mediating objects in African art
This African sculpture named Ofo (after the tree in which it was made), has a face haloed by a large crest. Its base forms three spirals. The wooden bust is trimmed with metal rods and ribbons, some of which are spirals. A rare and symbolic piece held by an elder named N'dichie , and associated with the agnatic lineage, upon which an oath was sometimes taken, this black iron object was displayed in Igbo homes and altars. The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. This tradition later spread to neighboring ethnic groups. Based on a botanical sculpture from a "male" tree, and composed of brittle twigs, images of boys dependent on their father and then breaking away from him, this object is part of a type of achievements (skeuomorphs) of Nigerian culture, made of a different material than the original model. Source: arts of Nigeria,Nigel Barley.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyIgbo
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood, metal
Height78
Width24
Weight4.73 Kg
Socle includedYes

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