Lot: 224

96th Auction

Shrine figure "ikenga"

Nigeria, Ishan (Esan)

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H: 10.2 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, pigments, Ishan is the anglicised form of "Esan", that people of this community originally called themselves. The name is derived from "e san fua" - "those who have fled". For many Ishan communities trace their ancestry back to the people who once left the kingdom of Benin to avoid repression or escape justice there.