//Igbo Ikenga Shrine Figure
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  • Igbo African art
  • African Alter Figure
  • Igbo Tribal Art

Igbo Ikenga Shrine Figure


Personal Altar figure of the Igbo known as Ikenga.

Sold By: For African Art Gallery

Product Description

Item: #2493

Ethnic Group: Igbo

Country: Nigeria

Material: Wood, Pigment

Size: 18.75″ / 47.6 cm

Personal altars (ikenga), in Igbo culture, are dedicated to the hand, and at that, specifically the right arm. Their belief is that in order to be successful in hunting, farming and warfare, you needed strong hands and arms, agents of physical prowess. The Igbo ikenga typically is carved to show a horned warrior clasping a knife in his right hand and a human trophy head in his left. These symbols were established for the past when the Igbo were active head hunters, although many of their figures depicted only a horned head above a geometrically abstracted spool like body. Sharp horns are the most essential feature of the Igbo and Igala altars to the hand, whether straight, spiral or curved, all were commonly referred to as ram horns, even though they didn’t often resemble them.

Additional Information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 18 x 12 x 12 in


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