Ibo Shrine Figural Group, Nigeria
height 41in (104cm)
Private European Collection
Private Collection, New York, acquired from the above ca. 1970
Intricately carved with the seated figure naturalistically rendered and seated on a stool holding a human head in one hand and a sword in the other, his head crowned in a pair of horns curling upwards and supporting three tiers of carved images; the first of human heads, the second of zoomorphs and geometric motifs and the third, a monkey at the apex with curled tail; encrusted dark-brown patina with remains of red and white pigments.