About this artwork
Among the Igbo, pottery and ceramic sculpture is the domain of women. Terracotta figures can accompany shrines in a wide variety of contexts, including at compound entrances, outside of houses, in domestic gardens, and in small shrine houses. This figure and another one of a seated woman are undoubtedly the work of a single artist [see 2003.84]. The man is seated on a cylindrical stool. He wears a necklace with three large beads and holds a dagger in his hand.
Currently Off View
- Arts of Africa
- Shrine Figure (Ntkekpe)
- Terracotta and iron
- 71.1 × 45.7 × 33 cm (28 × 18 × 13 in.)
- Samuel P. Avery Endowment and Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson