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 sold

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.