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Modern & Contemporary African Art Online / Bruce Onobrakpeya (Nigerian, born 1932) Ibiokpo (framed)

Lot 44
Bruce Onobrakpeya
(Nigerian, born 1932)
Ibiokpo (framed)
3 – 17 August 2022, 12:00 BST
London, New Bond Street

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Bruce Onobrakpeya (Nigerian, born 1932)

signed 'B Onobrakpeya' (lower right); titled and numbered 'IBIOKPO/ 22/30' (lower left)
Plastocast (metal foil relief), mounted to board
85.5 x 59.5cm (33 11/16 x 23 7/16in).


A private collection, UK.

Safy Quel, ed., Bruce Onobrakpeya: Symbols of Ancestral Groves. Monograph of Prints and Paintings, 1978-1985 (Lagos: Ovuomaroro Gallery, 1985), no. 50, p. 75 (illustrated, p. 161 [titled 'Ibiekpo']).

The present plastograph depicts ibiokpo (or ibiekpo) which are walking or dancing sticks used in Urhobo culture. Functioning as a status symbol, the sticks typically serve as an indicator of the user's standing within a community. This is distinguished through variants including the materials employed in the construction of the ibiokpo and corresponding differences in decorative schemes.

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