Igbo and Idoma art consists of wooden
headdresses with a conical base which are used at funerals and for social
control and of anthropomorphic wooden figures that may often be quite large.
Religion focuses on honoring lineage ancestors. Funeral ceremonies are often quite dramatic, with greater attention afforded to members of the community who have reached a combination of advanced age
and prestige. Extensive funerals are held for both women & men in preparation
for sending them on their final journey away from the village to the spirit world
across the river. A memorial service, or second burial, is held for the deceased
some time after the original burial in order to ensure that the dead pass on to
the ancestor world in proper style.
We had thought this to be from the Idoma people, but were corrected by Herbert (Skip) Cole, who formed us that it was Igbo instead.
Ex. William Wright Gallery, New York, Ex. Graven Images Ltd., New York and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.