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Igala Abstract Carving Cross River African Art

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Title Igala Abstract Carving Cross River African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Igala/Idoma, Cross Rivers Region
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 16 Inches
Width: 4 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and a well worn patina

Additional Information:  The upper reaches of the Niger River at the confluence with the Benue River opens to broad grassy plains where the Igala people who number approximately 300,000 live and where in the past they had a strong kingdom. Today this kingdom is primarily ceremonial or ritualized with little real power.  To complicate the matter the Igala also share a number of artistic traditions with their neighbors the Basa-Nge, Isoko, and Idoma, northern Igbo and a number of people living along the lower Niger.  

Recommended Reading:

Sieber, Roy.  Sculpture of Northern Nigeria, 1961.

Sieber, R. and Tony Vevers.  Interaction:  the art styles of the Benue River and East Nigeria.  1974.