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Ancestor statue (2) - Wood - Ivwri shrine figures - Urhobo - Southern Nigeria

Ancestor statue (2) - Wood - Ivwri shrine figures - Urhobo - Southern Nigeria


This is a couple of seldom Urhobo Ivwri shirne figures.

PROVENANCE: - Bought from Campo in Antwerp-Belgium. Private Estate.

H= 26 cm seated Peddler.
H= 28 cm standing warrior. One hand missing
The holes in the hand show maybe some inserted parts are missing ( peddle, knife ?) Wood. Rough Layered Patina from shrine libations. Gray, Green, and Blue pigments.

The Urhobo produce numerous art forms, including Ivwri (shrine figures), a type of wooden sculpture that is popularly associated with the cult of the hand, and masks and masquerading.

The Urhobo recognize the existence of a dual cosmological system: the spirit world and the physical world. It is believed that everyone in the physical world has a replica in the spiritual world and that these two worlds have great influence over one another.

Urhobo art is not easy to find and quite seldom . They have good age I would say 1930's , the light weight wood has clearly internal oxidation

David Norden is a third generation antique dealers, dealing in African Art in Antwerp-Belgium since 1992.
All lots from David Norden's collection are sold with a written description of the tribe and David Norden private opinion .
May be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp.
Please note: seller guarantees these figure authenticity.

Total nr of items 2
Object Ancestor statue
Indigenous object name Ivwri shrine figures
Ethnic group/ culture Urhobo
Region/ country Southern Nigeria
Material Wood
Period 1st half 20th century
Condition Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand No
Dimensions 28×10×9 cm
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