Lot: 294

87th Tribal Art Auction

Standing figure "ikenga"

Nigeria, Igbo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 13.8 inch 600 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, encrusted brown patina, remains of pigments, min. dam., missing part (right foot tip), cracks, slight traces of abrasion, base. Young man acquire "ikenga" at varying ages. An "ikenga" is consecrated in the presence of one's lineage and/or age-mates. "Ikenga" is treated as a being, a spirit, "mmuo", which will remain with its owner/guardian until his death. If devout, he will "feed" it daily with kola and wine, and periodically especially before an important undertaking, he will offer the sacrificial blood of a cock, ram, or goat to induce the spirit to help him succeed and again later to thank it for achieved success.