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Shrine Figure (Ntkekpe)

A work made of terracotta and iron.

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  • A work made of terracotta and iron.

Date:

Mid–20th century

Artist:

Igbo
Wawa or vicinity, Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

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.

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Arts of Africa

Culture

Igbo

Title

Shrine Figure (Ntkekpe)

Origin

Nigeria

Date

1925–1975

Medium

Terracotta and iron

Dimensions

71.1 × 45.7 × 33 cm (28 × 18 × 13 in.)

Credit Line

Samuel P. Avery Endowment and Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

2003.83

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