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Urhobo or Isoko Figure Colonial Nigeria African Art Miniature

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Title Urhobo or Isoko Figure Colonial Nigeria African Art Miniature
Type of Object Figure, carving
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Urhobo or Isoko
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 7.25 Inches
Width: 1.5 Inches
Depth: 1.5 Inches
On base: 8.75 inches H x 2.5 x 3 inches
Overall Condition Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Chipped.

Additional Information: This carved sculpture of a male wearing a colonial style hat and clothing, we believe comes from the Urhobo or Isoko people in a region of Nigeria that is a crossroads of cultural and artistic interactions.  The straightforward position of this figure with the arms at his side with a slightly opened mouth all topped by a European style hat.   Liittle is known about objects of this type. Figures among the Urhobo and Isoko are mainly used as persomal shrine(Iphri) which uses are similar to those of the Ikenga Shrine figures from the Igbo. 

Recommended Reading: Perkins Foss (editor), Where Gods and Mortals Meet. Continuity and Renewal. Urhobo Art. Museum of African Art, New York.Snoeck Publishers, Ghent, 2004

Marcilene K. Wittmer and William Arnett, Three Rivers of Nigeria. Art in the Lower Niger, Cross and Benue.  The High Museum of Art . Atlanta, Georgia, 1978