Stylistic wooden Urhoba figure fromf Nigeria. The Urhubo people settled north of the Niger river delta and live from fishing and farming.
They carve EDJO figures and ancestor statues – the former is respresented as mythic warrior holding weapons or magical containers. These ancestor figures are usually kept together in communal house where they preside over meetings.
(The Tribal Arts of Africa, Jean Baptiste Bacquart, p92)
This powerful figure is considered the age, in fair condition with traces of wear and tear. The figure can not stand on it`s own.
Provenance: Justin Barthels (1934-2021), gallery owner Maastricht. Ex owner of a Salampasu mask DR Congo Estimated 60.000 – 90.000 USD by Sotheby`s. Source: (https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2012/africanoceanic-n08858/lot.189.html)
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