Lot: 224

96th Auction

Shrine figure "ikenga"

Nigeria, Ishan (Esan)

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 10.2 inch 700 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, pigments, Ishan is the anglicised form of "Esan", that people of this community originally called themselves. The name is derived from "e san fua" - "those who have fled". For many Ishan communities trace their ancestry back to the people who once left the kingdom of Benin to avoid repression or escape justice there.