About this artwork
Though the Ijo describe forest spirits as hideous and volatile, in sculpture they are rendered as invincible warriors with wide-eyed stares and bare teeth. This elongated figure may have held a weapon in its missing hand. A large medicine gourd hangs from his neck. The white and red pigments applied to its surface symbolize the contrast of coolness and aggression, respectively. Such spirit figures were placed on altars dedicated to clan war gods where rituals were performed.
- Male Figure
- Wood, chalk, and pigment
- 153.7 × 24.1 × 19.1 cm (60 1/2 × 9 1/2 × 7 1/2 in.)
- Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection