The standing figure object has specific names and meanings, The sculptures are for use in funerary rituals and ancestor worship. This type of sculpture accessed ancestral power through the "charge" inserted in its head.
Culture and Traditions
Igbo originated in an area about 100 miles north of their current location at the confluence of the Niger and Benue Rivers. They share linguistic ties with their neighbors the Bini, Igala, Yoruba, and Idoma, with the split between them probably occurring between five and six thousand years ago. The first Igbo in the region may have moved onto the Awka-Orlu plateau between four and five thousand years ago, before the emergence of sedentary agricultural practices. As this early group expanded, so too did the Igbo kingdom. The earliest surviving Igbo art forms are from the 10th century.
Kenneth T. Ward donated in the year 1991.
Date of Digitization
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Prairie View A&M University, "IGBO (KWA) Culture Of Arts in Nigeria - ( Standing Figure)" (2022). African Sculptures and Masks. 63.