Lot: 281

94th Tribal Art Auction

Cult staff with statue for male aggression "iphri"

Nigeria, Urhobo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Private Collection, Brussels, Belgium
Dorotheum, Vienna, 31 October 2017, Lot 61
H: 27.4 inch 1000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, kaolin, base The "iphri" embodies both positive and negative aggression. It allows an overly contentious individual to contain his ill will and empowers the warrior to become a brave and powerful fighter.


Foss, Perkins (ed.), Where Gods and Mortals meet, New York 2004, p. 59 ff.