These two figures by the same hand depict a
familial ancestor. Among the Igbo, the relative scale of the figure denotes
its degree of importance in the culture. The size of the figures suggests two
individuals of vastly different social standing. They were, nevertheless, 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.
Ex. Leonard Kahan Gallery, New York, and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.
Published in the book:"Surfaces: Color, Substances and Ritual Applications on African Sculpture".
Height: 41" - Height including base: 42"
Height: 26" - Height including base: 27"