Expressive Puppet Figure – Ibibio – S.E. Nigeria.
In fairly good state; it dates back to the 1940-1950 period. On stand.
Provenance: Ex- collection of Ian Auld, London. Bought from him by P. Westerdijk around 1980 in his Camden Passage Gallery. Collected by him in situ around 1960.
This pleasant female marionet/ puppet was used by the Ekong society , mainly to poke fun of certain village members of importance and their ways .This puppet play is also known among the Ogoni under the name of Amanikpo.The purpose to the puppet theater here , in which sometimes up to10 puppets participated, was also to put moral transgressors to public ridicule , the play being a sort of social regulatory system, much like our stand –up comedians. The figure probably represents a young lady of prominence going through the process of female initiation, during which she is pampered and richly fed to become beautiful, healthy and fertile. Mark the fine hairdo and the movable lower jaw. A rare and splendid example of this rare artform, which is no longer in existence.
Sold with handwritten declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized, for over 50 years now, in the study of the material cultures in African nations that live south of the Sahara.
Literature: Sompie Kpone – Tonwe and Jill Salmons: The Arts of the Ogoni. In: Martha G. Anderson and Philip M. Peek (eds.): The ways of the rivers. Los Angeles, 2002, pp.275 ff.
Dimensions: 52 x 17 x 17 cm.
Region/ People: The Ibibio and Ogoni live in southeast Nigeria.
Material: soft wood.
Weight: 1.680 kg. incl. stand
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- Figura de marioneta
- Grupo étnico/cultura
- Región / país
- S.E. Nigeria
- se remonta al período 1940-1950
- En buen estado, usado con algunos signos de desgaste
- Se vende con soporte
- 52×17×17 cm
- 1.68 kg