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Urhobo or Ijo African Statue
Urhobo or Ijo African Statue
Urhobo or Ijo African Statue
Urhobo or Ijo African Statue
Urhobo or Ijo African Statue
Urhobo or Ijo African Statue
Urhobo or Ijo African Statue
Urhobo or Ijo African Statue
Urhobo or Ijo African Statue
Urhobo or Ijo African Statue
Urhobo or Ijo African Statue
Urhobo or Ijo African Statue

Urhobo | Ijo African Statue with Base 44″ – Nigeria – African Art

$495.00 $445.50

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This statue was carved in the style of the Urhobo or Ijo peoples of Nigeria. The statue features a male figure, sitting on a stool with a knife in one hand and a skull in the other. The statue measures 44 inches tall and weighs 26 pounds.

Type of Object

Figure with base.

Country of Origin

Nigeria

Ethnicity

Ijo, Urhobo

Material

Wood, pigment, glass decoration

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

44"

Width (Inches)

9.5"

Depth (Inches)

9"

Weight (Pounds)

26 lbs

Overall Condition

Possible minor imperfections and wear & tear, including but not limited to scuffing, cracking and minimal chipping. Possible previous repairs. See photos or inquire for more details.

Tribe Information

About the Ijo People

“The 250,000 Ijo people settled in the Niger River Delta where fish are in abundance, providing them with their principal means of subsistence. Ijo carvers produced altar panels and horizontal headdresses, called Otojo, which represent water spirits. They believe that these spirits are like humans in terms of their strengths and weaknesses and that before their birth, human beings live among the Otojo. Once born, the Ijo maintain contact with them through prayers in order to gain their favours.”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

About the Urhobo People

“The Niger River Delta area covers the entire southern part of Nigeria from the Benin River in the west to the Cross River in the east. There are two main cultural areas – the first includes the western side of the Niger River Delta and was first populated during the 9th century by migrating tribes who came from the north. The Ijo people were the first to settle in the area and now live on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Later, other tribes such as the Urhobo, the Isoko and the Ogoni settled in the norther and western part of this delta area. The second cultural area is centered around the Cross River in eastern Nigeria and is home to the Ibibio, the Igbo, the ekoi, the Oron and the Eket. The latter shares the same Ekpo secret society which was first introduced to the area by the Ibibio people.
The Urhobo people settled north of the Niger River Delta and live from fishing and farming. They believe that forest spirits, called Edjo, influence their everyday lives.
Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.