About this artwork
Among the Igbo, women are typically responsible for making pottery and other ceramic sculpture. Terracotta figures like this example would have been part of a shrine or placed in a domestic garden or at the entrance of a compound. The figure is seated on a traditional three-tiered Igbo stool and wears anklets, bracelets, and thick coils of waist beads, all indicators of her high status and wealth.
- Female Figure (Ntkekpe)
- Terracotta and iron
- 73.7 × 45.7 × 33 cm (29 × 18 × 13 in.)
- Samuel P. Avery Endowment and Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson