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Urhobo Shrine Figure Nigeria 23 inch African Art

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Title Urhobo Shrine Figure Nigeria 23 inch African Art
Type of Object Shrine figure
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Urhobo
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 23 Inches
Width: 5.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good. 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 age cracks in places, wear, scratches and chips throughout, stand hole in the bottom of leg

Additional Information:  A standing figure with large head  identified as an Urhobo figure  from  Nigeria  at a crossroads of cultural and artistic interactions between various peoples.  This figure is shown in a common Urhobo stance seen in other larger Urhobo sculpted ancestral figures known as edjo.  The straightforward position of this figure with the lower arms bent at right angles with a slightly opened mouth all topped by a European style hat.  The figure shows age and long use through the timeless surface with signs of wear throughout the body. Liittle is known about objects of this type. Figures among the Urhobo , a part from the fact that among the Urhobo such figures were mainly used as persomal shrine(Iphri) which uses are similar to those of the Ikenga Shrine figures from the Igbo. 

Notwithstanding this figure  is a  finely carved figure showing the Urhobo style of figural representation.   It would be a good addition to any collection. 

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

 I have examined this piece and agree with the description. 

Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.