Depicting familial ancestors. Among the Igbo, the relative scale of the figure denotes
its degree of importance in the culture. They were kept
in the same shrine house among other figures belonging to that lineage.
Their care fell to older family members. Periodic offerings of kola nuts,
wine, and palm oil were given to the ancestors through the intermediary
of the sculpture. These figures are heavily coated in camwood and white
clay and the details of the carving are obscured by its encrustation.
Dimensions for male figure on the left: Height: 51" x Width: 10 1/2" x Depth: 10".
Dimensions for female figure on the right: Height: 50" x Width: 10" x Depth: 10"
The owner of the collection these come from is downsizing, and as such is wanting us to help find good homes, and quickly, and as such we have priced them to sell.