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Female 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, 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.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Culture

Igbo

Title

Female Figure (Ntkekpe)

Origin

Nigeria

Date

1925–1975

Medium

Terracotta and iron

Dimensions

73.7 × 45.7 × 33 cm (29 × 18 × 13 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

2003.84

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