|Title||Igbo Clay Shrine Figure Kneeling Nigeria African Art|
|Type of Object||Clay Figure|
|Country of Origin||Nigeria|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Dimensions||Height: 16 Inches
Width: 6 Inches
Depth: 8 Inches
|Overall Condition||Fair. 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||Minor chips, Indigenous repairs to some areas including crown and elephant|
Additional Information: The style of this figure recalls that found in the terra-cotta figures of the Igbo of Nigeria. Among the Igbo Clay figures are known as ntekpe and have the function of "children" of the shrine or its deity. They are used to protect the shrine and assist the living members of the family. Priests and priestesses during rituals associated to their shrine will cover their bodies in white powder to celebrate the gods. Figures like this will receive offerings and gifts while sitting in her shrine.
For further information on Igbo Clay figures and examples see Karl-Ferdinand Schaedler (ed.). Earth and Ore. 2500 Years of African Art in Terra-cotta and metal, Panterra Verlag. Edition Minerva.1997.