Lot: 197

Early shrine figure "ikenga", 19th century

Nigeria, Igbo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
British Collection
German Private Collection
Dorotheum, Vienna, 4 December 2018, Lot 81
H: 26 inch 4000 EUR / 8000 EUR

wood, encrusted patina, pigments, sacrificial traces, rest., base "Ikenga", which means "place of strength", are storage containers for the "chi", the life energy of a person. A striking and rare detail of this figure are the carved heads arranged in a ring around the head of the "ikenga, in which the power of the ancestors seems to be bundled. A comparable figure can be found at the African Heritage Documentation & Research Centre (AHDRC 0093427).